Round trip A Kato Mouska - Kameni Hora Volcano

  • Round trip A Kato Mouska
    Round trip Kato Mouska - Volcano

    Elias Rizos an his friends maintained and signed one of the most beautiful hiking paths on Methana. It was closed by vegetation for the last 15 years.

  • The route of the hiking path
    The Lofiskos hiking path

    The path is leading you to the most fascinating geological sites on Methana.

  • The hiking route starts at the village Palia Loutra ("Kato Mouska") and leads to the historic volcano at Kameni Hora.

A great round trip and an experience of Methana´s volcanism!

An aerial view of the region around the historic volcano that erupted 270 B.C. and the hiking route. (c) Tobias Schorr
An aerial view of the region around the historic volcano that erupted 270 B.C. and the hiking route. (c) Tobias Schorr

When I supported the group of geologists from the ETH Zurich and the IGME Athens in the period from 1991 to 1995, I did lots of walks on Methana.
One of the most beautiful hikes was from the former fresh water source at Kato Mouska to the historical volcano of Kameni Chora.

In recent years, the path was overgrown by vegetation in most places and it was also been hard to find it. It is therefore very fortunate for Methana that the Methana-fan Elias Rizos invested in the village of Kato Mouska, and since then, with his friends, the old trails around Kato Mouska have been maintained and marked again.

Lastly, he cleaned the path from the village of Kato Mouska to Lofiskos hill and from there to the parking area at the historic Lavadom of Kameni Chora. Then the hiking path heads up the new road a few bends until you will find the further course of the trail which then leads down - between the volcanoes Pikesa and Malia Gliati in a wild valley - to Kato Mouska village.

The route is something for practiced and confident walkers with endurance. The whole route takes about 4-5 hours. You can also walk up to the historical volcano, climb it and then descend to the village of Kameni Chora, get a refreshing drink in the Tavern of Theodoros Joannou and order a taxi. If you want to go back to Methana, you have to follow the new road that leads to Methana (very stressful, as you walk almost asphalt).

The hike on the route that Elias Rizos and his friends have re-opened is one of the most beautiful on Methana!

An aerial photo of the hiking path (c) Tobias Schorr
An aerial photo of the hiking path (c) Tobias Schorr
The volcanoes Malia Gliati. Malia Skourti and the historic volcano (c) Tobias Schorr
The volcanoes Malia Gliati. Malia Skourti and the historic volcano (c) Tobias Schorr
Even in 2015 the team started the maintainance of the hiking route (c) Tobias Schorr
Even in 2015 the team started the maintainance of the hiking route (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial view of the region of north Methana with the historic volcano that erupted in 270 B.C. (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial view of the region of north Methana with the historic volcano that erupted in 270 B.C. (c) Tobias Schorr
On this route you will also see the volcano Malia Bgethi (c) Tobias Schorr
On this route you will also see the volcano Malia Bgethi (c) Tobias Schorr
The area of north Methana with its hydrothermal explosion craters at Lofiskos. (c) Tobias Schorr
The area of north Methana with its hydrothermal explosion craters at Lofiskos. (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial view of the Pikesa lava dome (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial view of the Pikesa lava dome (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial panorama of the northern volcanoes of Methana (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial panorama of the northern volcanoes of Methana (c) Tobias Schorr
View to the village Palia Loutra / Pano Mouska (c) Tobias Schorr
View to the village Palia Loutra / Pano Mouska (c) Tobias Schorr
The village Pano Mouska / Palia Loutra (c) Tobias Schorr
The village Pano Mouska / Palia Loutra (c) Tobias Schorr
The village Pano Mouska / Palia Loutra (c) Tobias Schorr
The village Pano Mouska / Palia Loutra (c) Tobias Schorr
The village Pano Mouska / Palia Loutra 1991 (c) Tobias Schorr
The village Pano Mouska / Palia Loutra 1991 (c) Tobias Schorr