The old trails on Epos and the built footpaths spreading around Pelineo and Amani villages take you back to times when survival necessitated strenuous toil. Getting to the crop fields and interconnecting the villages used to be a prerequisite to subsistence in those isolated areas. Today, these smooth, wisely blazed trails serve a different purpose. While passing through these twisting and turning territories, hikers come across enclosure walls, terraces, threshing floors, sheepfolds and stone sheds, wells, windmills and watermills; it’s a display of man-made sites, in harmony with the environment and its wild vegetation, that give a different interpretation to the way we live today.
Chios is a really appealing place to nature lovers, both in terms of flora and fauna. Its key position has always brought European and Asian species together, whereas a considerable number of endemic plants, mostly wildflowers and potpourri, grow here. It comes as no surprise then that, all year long, hikers can stumble upon thyme, oregano, sage and lavandin, herbal tea, dozens of different orchids as well as “lalades”, the wild tulips that, come spring, turn the meadows in Anemonas red.