The trails and the hiking routes of Andros
- The Aegean island trails are often those same ancient routes that people used to follow, centuries ago, to reach the shrines and temples, build their towers and villages, and take care of their animals and land.
The term “monopati” (trail) is used today to characterize all these different paths, cobbled through multiple time periods, "stenes" (narrow trails), passages, trails, grand Venetian-time trails, such as "Fardia Strata" (Big Wide Trail), the "Communes" (commoners trail) or the Noble’s Pathways and streets, that make up the rural landscape of Andros.
Today Andros has a large trail network of over 300km. 180km of them are part of the 20 marked Hiking Routes and 100 km of this network, has been certified with “Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe” from the European Ramblers Association.
Andros Routes, an initiative of the non-profit organization "Andros Research Center", is responsible for the identification, maintenance and promotion of these ancient hiking routes of the island as well as for the Certification.
For further information on the Routes and their work visit the website: www.androsroutes.gr
The race and the "trails"A very dense network of trails with a variety of morphology, dirt roads or terraced, old paved streets and Venetian –time trails or rocks, "stenes" (narrow trails) and certified hiking trails, is the canvas on which the two routes of Andros Trail Race 2017 will once again leave their mark.
The 24 km Main raceThe 24 km Main race “runs” the greatest part of the marked Hiking Routes - Andros Route and part of the 100km Certified Route, passing through Routes No5 from Korthi Bay (Ormos Korthiou) to Exo Vouni, No1 from Monastery of Panachrantos, meeting No18 till the intersection of No5 to Exo Vouni and finally No3 from Dipotamata to Korthi Bay.
To connect these paths, the overall race route passes through the area of Mesa Vouni to the Monastery of Panachrantos on a “steni”(narrow) trail, dirt road and asphalt, while Hiking Route No5 is connected to No3 through paths and asphalt. The cleaning and marking is a responsibility of the Andros Trail Race organization.
The 10 km Small raceThe 10 km Small race “runs” its greater length on routes cleaned and marked with the responsibility of the Andros Trail Race organization. The first kilometers follow the asphalt and dirt road from Korthi Bay to Kato Khones and then a trail and a "steni" (narrow trail) through Alamania village, to the chapel of Prophet Elias, passing by the Tavlomylos (a unique mill found only in Andros) and the windmills to the bridge and the Watermill of Episkopio village. The race continues through Episkopio, cement road, crosses the asphalt road to Lardia village and finally follows the last kilometers of Hiking Route No5.
Bon voyage to Andros trails.