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The Island of Evia - A Greek Holiday

Day 5 ... Myloi to Kylindroi Quarry  

West Essex Ramblers walked this on Sunday, 1st May 2011

A look again at Castello Rosso

A look again at Castello Rosso

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


We went back to Myloi where we ended the walk on Wednesday. Today's walk took us up to Kylindroi Quarry which made Karystos famous, two millennia ago, for its monolithic columns that were dispatched to Africa, Britain, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Judaea, Spain and Syria. I read that they exported from Marmari.

The path from the Aqueduct

The path from the aqueduct

We trod it last Wednesday

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

First we walked along a road

First we walked along a road

The verge was covered in flowers

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Plenty of self planted Flowers here

Plenty of self sown flowers here

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


The ascent here was hardly a path

The ascent here was hardly a path

More of a scramble, but quite manageable.

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Flowers made the own Rock Garden

A natural rock garden

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


The Castle is very prominent behind us

The castle was very prominent behind us

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


More signs of summer fires

More signs of summer fires

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

This Flower appears in the wild a lot

This flower appeared allot

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

A Column carved roughly - not yet cylindrical

A column roughly carved - not yet cylindrical

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

It was not long before we reached the quarry. Columns were just lying about. Some were hardly started, others looked finished. You could take one if you wanted! How they got these monoliths down to a port, onto a boat, offloaded them at another port, delivered them then installed them is amazing. I wonder what today's delivery charges would be - I bet they wouldn’t be postage free.

Four spare columns

Four spare columns

2 Photos of columns viewed from each end

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

View over to Karystos

View over to Karystos

Click for 3 photos - They pan left to right

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Natural Garden

Natural Garden

Click for 2 Photos

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

As we walked back down to Myloi, the views of the sea and castle were very good. We even disturbed a couple of tortoises which made me think that there were many more about.

We descended through a field of rock

We descended through a field of rock

Several hundred yards down from the quarry

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

A tortoise hiding in the undergrowth

A tortoise hiding in the undergrowth

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

The castle yet again - its outer wall was more prominent

The castle yet again - its outer wall more prominent

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

And another tortoise further down

And another tortoise further down

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Our road was now in sight

Our road was now in sight

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


The virtually legless Glass Lizard (Pseudopus Apodus

The virtually legless Glass Lizard (Pseudopus Apodus)

unfortunately dead

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

A cafe in Myloi

A cafe in Myloi

Click for 2 Photos

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

I understood this was the remains of Myloi town Wall

I understood this was the remains of Myloi town wall

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

After the cafe we walked back to Karystos, but it was fairly ordinary except for a huge Glass Lizard that the leader disturbed. (I thought it was a snake too). It darted through the wall so quickly I only managed to photograph the tail end.

Just a lamppost contrasted against the mountain

Just a lamppost contrasted against the mountain

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

The tail end of a another Glass Lizard

The tail end of a another Glass Lizard

It was huge!

Photographer: Harry Hawkins