A Trek Up Marathia, Zakynthos
If you ever head to Zakynthos for a holiday and prefer a more active getaway, I can highly recommend packing your walking boots. The island isn’t just sun, sea and sand, it’s quite rugged and wild too. Recently, the Zakynthos Walking Group took a trek up Marathia, it’s a hard walk, but one with views that will blow you away.
Marathia is an area situated not far from Keri, a quaint little resort, nestled in a cove. It sort of reminds me of a Cornish fishing village.
We’ve been having what I would describe as a proper winter this year. It’s been cold, wet and miserable and I’m not liking it one bit! The weather was so bad in the days before the planned trek up Marathia that I doubted it would even go ahead. I was wrong.
The morning of the walk it was clear and blue with just the right amount of chill. Not at all like last year when we did get caught in a storm on the same walk.
Our Sunday walks do seem blessed with good weather… Excluding last Sunday’s walk when we got wet to the skin. Never have we completed 8km so fast!
Anyway, if you would care to join me on our trek up Marathia, then please read on…
A Trek Up Marathia – Through My Lens
And the walk begins.
I’ve never understood why Marathonisi is also referred to as turtle island… Okay, you got me!… The likeness is uncanny!
Some of the tracks were overgrown. A few years ago a group of us went up on a track clearing expedition open up the trails for a Sunday walk.
We walked along a coastal trail too.
See that rocky arch? That’s one that often gets used in adverts of Zakynthos.
A close up of the arch. The water wasn’t overly blue that day.
The viewpoint at Marathia doesn’t look like much. Until you peek over the edge…
My husband tentatively looking over the edge… “You want me to pose here?”… “Yes, Dear… Hang on, Hun. Is your life insurance up to date?”
Neal doing his Neal pose.
I wasn’t feeling brave enough to get a downwards photo, but I think you can see how beautiful the view is.
And The Climbings Begins…
The next part of the trek is the hardest. Following what I suspect is an old river bed, it’s hard on the legs and feels like it goes on forever. My parents stopping for a quick photo and as Mum is not striking a pose, I’m guessing she was not looking forward to it, at all!
Only part way to the top… Come on, Mum and Dad! You can do it!
Mum and Dad made it up the worst bit, I hope I still can when I’m 70!
The views are worth the pain though. Time to catch our breath before we head off again.
The dogs were glad of the stop too.
This little Superman is the youngest walker in the group. His Supermum just carried him the last bit. Hats off to her I could barely carry myself!
Even the dog seems to appreciate the view across Zakynthos. You can actually see the sea on the other side of the island too. This bay is where you will find the Loggerhead turtles in summer.
Walk weary after their trek up Marathia the Zakynthos, Walking Group head back to their cars.
Would you enjoy a holiday walking on Zakynthos? Or do you enjoy a more relaxed break?
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