From the traditional settlement of the Chora, following the path of “Palia Strata”, a route that offers in multiple places an impressive view to all parts of the horizon as it crosses the mountainous part of the island, the hiker will first reach the imposing Holy Monastery of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Hozoviotissa. Passing by the entrance of the Monastery, and continuing north on a visible path and, shortly, on a small dirt road, having a right panoramic view to the Aegean, and on the left steep slopes, the route ends in a col, from where a narrow road leads to a small country road of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Theoskepasti, nestled in a rocky ledge.
A short distance to the east, Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos in Kapsala, formerly an autonomous Monastery, but today glebe (Metochi) of the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, is located, while to the north the church of Ai-Giorgis. The surviving sketes in the cracks of the rocks, near the rock cave of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Theoskepasti, in the wider area of the Holy Monastery of Hozoviotissa, are evidence of the dispersal of monks in the past, in the extremely inaccessible and steep location of Kapsala. The contrast of the lofty rock with the tiny church that it embraces, is a strong motivation for the hiker to visit the chapel.
Means of access:
TRADITIONAL PATH: "Palia Strata" Route
Chora – Monastery of Hozoviotissa- Kapsala – Asfontylitis – Potamos – Cove of Aegiali
Starting Point: "Kalogerikos" Point in the Chora.