Walking holiday in Paleros
Paleros provides a refreshing holiday destination for those wanting to stay in a small, friendly community away from crowds, traffic lights, airports and motorways.
Small country roads and tracks bear off and lead to hidden hamlets, hilltop monasteries, sleepy seaside villages, deserted beaches and a peaceful and natural landscape of olive groves and pine forest.
Many of our clients, who visit Paleros regularly, choose to stay there in May or September so that they can enjoy the experience of discovering local lifestyles and new parts of the island on foot without the stronger heat of the high summer months. We have therefore arranged two special walking holidays in these months for those of you wanting a more personalised introduction to Paleros’s hidden beauty.
Daily walks (twice a week), averaging five hours per walk in total, will introduce Paleros ’s more inquisitive visitor to the Paleros’s history, mythology, churches, vineyards, beaches, olive presses, windmills, flora and fauna. At a relaxed pace there will be breaks to enjoy stunning views and lunch (paid locally) at a traditional taverns.
Although most walks are rated easy to moderate, participants should be in good health and of reasonable fitness. For moderate and difficult walks walking boots are required and sturdy shoes or trainers are recommended for shorter trails. On each walk bring a sun hat, water and sun cream and long trousers are recommended.
Sites to walk:
1. Agios Dimitrios
At the foot of the Acarnanian Mountains or Tsirika as it is often called, by the locals, settles St.Dimitrios Monastery.
Way: Hotel – Saint Dimitrios – Saint Nikolaos – Cave Katsantoni- Ancient Palero.
In the return food and relax in the point of Saint Nikolaos.
The first visit is to the ancient city of Kekropoula, part of Paleros municipality and a place where King Kekhropa once ruled. These ancient monuments serve as a reminder as well as other ancient ruins of Kekropias, like the castle of Kechropoula. One can also see the gate tower of the double enclosure of Akamaniki town. Further recent archaeological diggings have revealed the particular importance of the discovery of the ancient city of Kekropia. Objects of historical value can be seen on display. In the return food and relax in the tavern of Pogonia village.
On each walk bring a sun hat, water and sun cream and long trousers are recommended. If you prefer to have a picnic walking please take lunch basket with you.
Dionysos, the son of Zeus and Semele, bestowed on making the gift of wine so that men might forget their sorrows”.
For wine and nature lovers let’s take a bicycling tour to Gerokostopoulos Vineyard.
After breakfast, with the bicycles and helmets provided by Paleros Travel let start a different tour for different people…
We start at 10:30 and arrived there at about 11:30am having an interesting tour of the vineyard.
Gerokostopoulos vineyard situated in a small hill a few km outside of Paleros close to the ancient ruins of Paleros named ’’Kecropoula’’ and facing out over the peaceful Paleros area. It is a privately owned and well taken care vineyard of 5 hectares with distinguished varieties which prevails in uses exclusively grapes of these varietals to make wine.
The vineyard is a nature environment full of wild life specifically nests of stone hocks. The soil of these hillsides derives from alluviums of surrounding aquatic area, while the soft winter and warm summer created an ideal ecosystem for the vineyards cultivation. The wines of the wine factory are produced from grapes which are cultivated in a biological way .We’ll be informed about the aging process of wines at one of the wine-vaults inside the winery that one will be visiting at the time and of course have the opportunity to try the Union’s wines under the factory’s enologist’s guidance.
The special virtues of the Paleros region weather from its being successful in creating a subtle balance between the density of vine stocks and the good quality of the soil. Additionally, the cellar-masters are skilled at blending the region’s wines from diverse vineyards and different varieties of grapes and they then mature the wine.
The principal varieties used in Gerokostopoulos wines are:
• Merlot • Cabernet • Roditis • Agiorgitiko • Malagouza and Moshato.
To end this delightful tour we had a taste of their white wine, it will be exquisite!
Tours focus on tasting high quality wines while learning about the regions rich history, grape cultivation techniques, and the process of wine making.
This is a family-run vineyard with warm & friendly atmosphere that gives to the visitors more than basic knowledge of the vineyard cultivation and wine production. You will learn about the unique climate, character and history of our vineyards and the Gerokostopoulos Family philosophy of sustainable and intensive farming.
Enjoy five wines, including well-known Greek variety as Agiorgitiko, Malagouza, Attika and table grape.
- Bicycles and helmets provided by Paleros Travel.
- The services of local English speaking wine experts at the visited wine yards.
- Complimentary bottle of wine
Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to local and weather conditions
Sailing in Paleros
A trip on the calm Paleros waters, on your own or a chartered yacht, offers you the possibility to sail among beautiful clusters of Ionian Islands, to anchor in naturally protected bays of rare beauty, to visit inaccessible beaches and to swim with safety in exceptionally clear and transparent waters.
A main characteristic of the Ionian coasts is their unique diversity (beaches stretching over many kilometres, small bays and coves, sandy beaches with dunes, pebbly shores, coastal caves surrounded by steep rocks and, coastal wetlands), and their clean and transparent waters that have made them famous and extremely popular all over the world.
Yachting in Paleros has become very popular in the last ten years and yacht chartering has create a small business in the harbour of Paleros, offering itineraries to suit even the most demanding sailor.
Paleros has to offer the yachtsman a great deal, not only because of its splendid natural attractions in the Ionian, but also thanks to the readily available supplies, both on the islands and around the mainland.
Paleros travel cooperates with Odysseus flotilla & bareboat Charter .This Company has its base in Paleros Harbour.
The Ionian Sea with its beautiful islands is especially known as the “yachtsmen’s paradise”… is a favourite destination for sailing holidays. Here, Odysseus has been organizing bareboat charter and a very popular flotilla program.
Paleros isstrategically located in the Northern part of the Ionian as well as the Southern part near Lefkas, making it easy to access islands such as Ithaka, Kefalonia and Zaynthos.
Odysseus’ flotillas are completely unregimented and allow you to choose your own route and schedule for arriving at each day’s destination. In short, all the advantages of independent sailing plus the support of experienced help if you need it.
Advantages of an Odysseus sailing holiday:
- Top class, fully equipped yachts
- A wide selection of cruises to choose from
- A friendly atmosphere
- One of the safest and most beautiful seas in the world
Scuba diving in Paleros
Paleros travel cooperates with the professional Divers in Paleros and gives the chance to the visitors of Paleros to take diving courses with Submerged Scuba.
It is Padi Gold Palm 5 star diving centre located in Paleros so that now the warm, clear waters of the Ionian Sea may be experienced from both above and below the surface.
Join them experienced, professional team and they will guide you into the world below the waves!
Programs and Courses
Submerged Scuba has something for everyone.
Whether you’ve never even snorkeled before or you are fully certified diver, they have a range of courses and programmes to suite your level and experience.
The courses and qualifications they teach are accepted worldwide and PADI is the most recognized and respected diver training organization.
- Bubblemarker 1 hour. All their diving activities are available to children over 10 years. It is perfect for introducing children to the joys of breathing underwater!
- Discover Scuba Diving ½ day. After an hour of theory and an hour of some basic skills practice in the pool, you will be ready to go open the sea under the direct supervision of one of our instructors. Explore the translucent waters of Paleros bay, looking for octopus, star fish an plethora of vibrant fish-life resident to the area.
- Scuba diving 1 & ½ days. Once you’ve completed the course you are verified to dive 12 meters under the direct supervision of Padi professional.
- Advanced open water 3 mornings. This extra course gives you diving skills and further supervised experience in different dive environments.
- Night diving the intoxicating sensation of moving through the dark water, stumbling upon extraordinary creatures of the night which appear as if from outer space.
- Friday bay – for beginners
- Big brother
- Brother Islands
- St Nicholas
- The Pinnacle
- The Church
- Lefkas cave
Paleros Watersports will give you the opportunity to enjoy many different water sports – 11 activities for one low price! Guaranteed To Wear You Out!
Paleros Water Sports is placed on the Potamaki Beach between Paleros and Pogonia village.
It is open from 10 am till 19 pm
- Enjoy Snorkeling in the Ionian Sea waters around a shallow water ship wreck
- Water-Ski, Banana, Boat ride
- Kneeboard behind the ski boats
- Windsurf, Kayak and sail the Sunfish Sailboat
- For small children and the young we are offering a range of water actions
- Safety is practiced as well as fun.
- Water ski and wake board for the beginners and advanced skiers,
- New! Water park.
Meeting up with Sunset’s Ski Boat & Wave runners, you are able to choose from a wide range of activities, on a rotating basis.
Instruction for all activities is provided by the Palers Watersports captains that are all licensed for all the water activities. They want you to stay safe while having fun in the sun!
The friendly and courteous crews encourage you to all the kind of sports as much as possible.However, when you are worn out from all the activities…mixed drinks, frozen drinks and bottled beer are available for purchase at the upper sun deck bar
Get on board the Party Boat! Get you’re a Ticket today and do all Paleros Water sports! Guaranteed To Wear You Out!