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Location Skales of Varsamos

Located at the southwest edge of Folegardos, Varsamos is one of the less explored regions of the island, 11 km away from the city town. As you drive from the main road towards Varsamos, you arrive at a dirt path which ends at the Chrysopigi chapel. After one kilometer, you reach the estate, where you can park the vehicles. From this point start two traditional paths – one on the right and one on the left – which lead you towards the gardens called ‘Skales’ (Stairs). You can then can tread the left stone path through a mesmerizing expanse of lushly gardens, which end up at the sea.

Location A destination of astonishing natural beauty and simplicity

During your personalized journey, immerse yourself in an incredibly diverse ecosystem and trace back stories and myths of the region, such as the 1943 shipwreck of the Swedish-owned cargo ship Eros with its crew, or the ship Mastro-Lias which was wrecked in January 1966 on the northwestern side of the island.* Varsamos Stairs is a designated Natura 2000 site, and also serves as a ‘staging post’ for migratory birds. It is protected from the north winds, while the area is not recommended in case of strong south winds. The area presents traditional lemon tree houses: houses built around lemon trees to protect them from strong winds.
The vegetable gardens, dating back to 1886 and earlier, have built-in gradients, so they are called ‘Stairs’. They are organically grown and irrigated by the natural underground springs and streams of the area.

* Source: Katerina Marinaki / Journalist – Folklorist

Location A destination of astonishing natural beauty and simplicity

During your personalized journey, immerse yourself in an incredibly diverse ecosystem and trace back stories and myths of the region, such as the 1943 shipwreck of the Swedish-owned cargo ship Eros with its crew, or the ship Mastro-Lias which was wrecked in January 1966 on the northwestern side of the island.* Varsamos Stairs is a designated Natura 2000 site, and also serves as a ‘staging post’ for migratory birds. It is protected from the north winds, while the area is not recommended in case of strong south winds. The area presents traditional lemon tree houses: houses built around lemon trees to protect them from strong winds.
The vegetable gardens, dating back to 1886 and earlier, have built-in gradients, so they are called ‘Stairs’. They are organically grown and irrigated by the natural underground springs and streams of the area.

* Source: Katerina Marinaki / Journalist – Folklorist

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