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The hiking trail begins in the village of Tsikalario and leads to the Temple of Dimitra, dedicated to the Goddess of agriculture, reproduction, and fertility. Starting from Tsikalario and heading towards Heimarros village, the trail passes by a stream and four churches. After approximately 1.5 kilometers, on the left, you'll find Saint Artemios, a church from the iconoclastic era.

As the trail progresses, it transforms into a farm road and takes you to the picturesque Agios Sostis chapel located beside the provincial road. From there, the route turns towards the south/southwest, initially following a farm road and then an old, wide cobblestone path. A short distance to the south, you'll discover the Church of Agios Artemios, which has been renovated and adorned with non-iconographic designs. Continuing along the stone-paved path, hikers will arrive at the Agii Anargyri complex with its lovely courtyard in a lush setting.

Returning on the farm road, hikers have the option to take a detour to the right and visit the Paleologos tower, the largest and one of the best-preserved towers in Naxos. Nearby, you can find the cruciform, domed Church of Panagia Orfani.

Following the farm road, you'll eventually reach a footpath that leads to the provincial road where the bus stop is located. Cross the road directly across from the footpath and walk a short distance on the tarmac-paved road leading to Sagri. Follow the trail around the small pine forest and enter Sagri near the primary school. Sagri is a settlement of notable historical and architectural interest, and it serves as the starting point for the final stretch of the trail leading to the ancient Dimitra's temple.

Tips:

Hiking shoes are required for this trail. Due to the low vegetation along most of the hike, remember to wear a hat, apply sunscreen, and bring plenty of water.

The trail is mainly flat without steep ascents or descents. Hiking poles are not necessary but can be useful.

Level: **

Duration: 2 hours and 25 minutes

Elevation Gain: Approximately 115 meters

 

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