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Apollonia - Platys Gialos

The trail starts in Apollonia and leads at first to Kato Petali, through a beautifully constructed trail, that used to be the main road between the two villages. Passing between well-kept cultivated terraces it will eventually pass next to the church of Staopodi. Its name apparently indicates that the church hosted at some point a statue of Pan, the goat-legged God of the ancient world. About one kilometer later, you will reach the Holy Monastery of Vryssi, (16th c.), that now also hosts a museum of Ecclesiastic Art.

Leaving the monastery behind, the trail will move again between terraces and olive groves. At some point you will have to walk on the main road for about 3oo meters (be very careful!). After the tarmac road, you will get into another old trail that leads to Platys Gyalos. On the last descent, try to notice the small irrigation canals that bring the water from Vryssiana spring to the fields of Platys Gyalos. Platys Gyalos is one of the longest beaches of the Cyclades. In older times it was one of the main centers for the production of ceramics in Sifnos.