Distance: 5.8 km
Duration: 2 hours (net time 1.40)
Altitude: 630 m. (Makrinitsa) at 285 m. (Kappa bridge) at 398 m. (Stagiates)
Signage: signs, red marks
Drinking water in the path: yes
This is a circular route, with starting point the square of Makrinitsa and descending initially the track to Volos. Arriving in Koukourava, the lower district of Makrinitsa, we cross the Great stream from the arched stone bridge and we follow the path that ascends to Stagiates. From there, we follow the eastern path-track passes over the stream and returns to Makrinitsa. The path of course goes vice versa, or you can only go a part of it. Advantages are the stunning views of the sea and the green slopes of the ravines.
There are two paths beginning at Makrinitsa square, next to the west side of the church. The one on the right starts a bit ascending, leading to Sarakino and Fytoko. We will follow the one on the left, which is wider and consists a true masterpiece, going through the village houses.
We pass by the churches of St.Athanasios and St.George and as we approach the road, the track turns right and a bit later it becomes inaccessible. That’s why at the certain point we will follow the road, passing first by the Stafylopatis mansion. A bit later we will meet our track again and follow it descending towards Nanos mansion.
We pass by the plane tree next to a fountain without water, and then we come across two intersections of cobbled tracks on the right, that descend to Volos. We will continue straight, pass a fountain without water and a dry triple fountain with a plane tree and then descend on the road (at this point there is a sign to the house of Argiro). Across descends a narrow road. We follow it and immediately turn right into the path that brings us to Tampakika area in the Great stream. Here we see the double-arched stone bridge of Kappa next to the tannery ruins. As shown in the photo, some stones are missing from the base of the eastern arc, creating concerns for the stability of the bridge. Hopefully it will soon be restored.
We cross the stream and on the other side we find two paths. The one on the right descends by the stream to Aidonofolies – Agios Onoufrios. We will follow the one on the left that descends the slope. A bit later we come across an ascending road, and we turn right. A bit later we will meet our path again on our left and we follow it ascending. Then we reach the first houses of Stagiates. We walk a bit along the track – it’s better not to follow the red arrow that turns left, but continue straight for a bit longer and slide left on the cemented track with the steps. that leads to a road. A bit farther the road turns right and leads as to the church of St.Athanasios on Stagiates sq.
We then have the change to drink some cool water from the old fountain with the Arabic inscription beneath the shadow of two large plane trees, before we continue our journey across a paved ascending road. Then we come across another fountain, where we turn left on the track that goes beyond the asphalt. Fifty meters later we slide right on the ascending road, that leads to the convent of the Annunciation. On the left of it entrance continues a narrow rural road, that we follow, viewing before us Makrinitsa. Sometime later, to the point of a left u-turn, we leave the road and go straight to the path that leads to a wooden bridge, that was recently built by the residents of Stagiates. We cross the stream and follow the path that eventually leads to the entrance of Makrinitsa.