Dionysos was according to mythology one of the lesser gods of ancient Greece, however a very important one, as he was the patron of the theater, vegetation, fruit, and not least of all, wine.
So, once we start our Andros Trail of Dionysus run by the beach next to Andros town, we will follow the twisty stone-built path through the villages of Ypsilou and Lamyra, heading towards Menites, the picturesque village named after Dionysus female followers, the Maenads. It is there that the ancient temple of Dionysus is believed to be located, under the chapel of Panagia Koumoulos which is in service today. In fact, it was believed that the water of the local mineral water spring was flowing straight out of the temple’s center, and that it was even flowing with wine once a year during Dionysus celebrations.
During our Andros Trail of Dionysus route we will admire the local architecture, especially through the village of Lamyra, where a lot of the island’s post war development and shipping history is rooted. Needless to say, that everywhere along our path we will be witnessing local history and folklore, tales of the past and traditions, as well as amazing natural beauty and views.
Our total ascend on this route will be around 250 meters, so we will adjust the pace as necessary. This is a private tour so you will choose the pace that suits you. You should know however that parts of this route are uphill, so it will be a bit slower than usual. It would be wise to have the ability to carry some water with you especially in the summer months as it can get very hot. You can always top up your run with a cool swim at the beach where our route ends.