Cape Maleas

  • St. George in Velanidia, Cape Maleas, Greece - © Flickr user - Spyros Petrogiannis
  • Headland of Cape Maleas - © Wiki user - Ylvo

Key information: Cape Maleas

    • Two fine walks on the southerly extreme of the harshly beautiful Maleas Penninsula.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating92.5
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest15.5
  • Human interest14
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating92.5

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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Headland of Cape Maleas - © Wiki user - Ylvo

WALK SUMMARY

The final southerly shout of the Maleas Peninsula is a rough, harsh, craggy place, towering above a restless sea, the bane of the millennia of seamen. And excellent walking.

The cape is an empty place, too harsh for even the ultra-hardy Maniots, but you will walk to a little cape-end monastery.

To the Cape (South coast): This 11km/ 4.5hr walk winds on a track then a path from Ayia Marina chapel (or the end of the track if you want a shorter walk) across fine, steep, scruffy hillsides and cliffs, high above the sea, past some weird rock formations, a former pirates' cove. The St. Irene Monastery near the cape is now empty, but still a lovely, peaceful, inspiring place. (You can stay here by arrangement, something Walkopedia would leap at!) A mere 15 minutes on is the crumbling Agios Georgios chapel, with the ruins of an old tower and church, right on the cape. Retrace your steps. A marvellous walk. This page's rating is for this walk.

To the lighthouse (North coast): This 16.5km/ 6.5hr round trip leads from the village of Velanidia on the former lighthouse keeper's path to the now unmanned lighthouse down the northern side of the cape. A fine walk but perhaps not as thrilling as the walk to the cape.

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