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The Lava Path

Foot Paths

The following footpaths begin from paths 1-2 :
  • Petrified Forest Park – Eressos - 6,5 km long
  • Petrified Forest Park  – Hamandroula Park  – Tsichliontas  – Natural History Museum - 13 km long
  • Sigri – Sigri Park  – Plaka Park  – Eressos -15 km long
  • Gavathas  – Lapsarna - 7 km long
  • Ligeri – Lapsarna - 6 km long
The mapping out, construction and marking of the footpaths followed international models. The trails are marked every 500 metres with special wooden information panels and rest places. All trail construction has been done with the use of exclusively natural materials (stone and timber).
A network of footpaths connects the Petrified Forest Park with Eressos and Sigri. The total length of the network is 27 km and it contains three trails.
The first trail, Petrified Forest Park  – Eressos, is an ancient path that connects Eressos with the region of the “Kiria Apolithomeni”(meaning “main fossil site”), where the Petrified Forest Park was established in the 80s. The second trail, Petrified Forest Park – Sigri, follows the Tsichliontas valley, leads to the "Hamandroula" Park and then meets the farm road between Sigri and Eressos. The third trail, Sigri – Eressos, includes wonderful stone bridges that connect the places of Sarakina, Limena and Plaka. Besides the impressive appearances of petrified tree trunks, all along these trails trekkers can admire the rare natural beauty of the landscape and impressive geological structures, such as volcanic domes, volcanic veins, characteristic pyroclastic flows and epiclastic rocks. Also of particular interest are the frygana and riparian vegetation as well as the birds and reptiles of the region.

The footpath “Gavathas-Lygeri (Liota)-Lapsarna” is a coastal trail that links Gavathas with the Lapsarna fossil sites with a by-pass through the small traditional settlement of Ligeri (Liota). Information panels along the length of the footpath inform trekkers of concentrations of petrified trunks, local geological history and mythology associated with the area. According to ancient myth, Lapsarna was the place where Orpheus' head and lyre were washed up by the waves after his dismemberment by Menades in Thrace. Several ancient writers, such as Stoveos, Loukianos and Filostratos describe this myth, which is related to the existence of the ancient oracle of Orpheus that lived in the cavern of Spilios in Antissa. And so the tale goes that the nightingales sing more sweetly here than in any other place in the world.
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