This week I (Daphne) visited the small hamlet of Machalas for the first time! I am ashamed to tell you this because I have been living on the island since 1996. Anyway I loved it. Machalas is one of the oldest villages on the island and was built in an amphitheatre style and is totally protected from cold winds etc. This means also that in summer it can be very hot there. There are many ruins and deserted houses but there are some people still living there either full or part-time. A couple of the houses have been renovated and are holiday homes now. Don’t expect anything there, there’s just the houses, the beautiful nature and the view.
To get there: in Glossa; take the small road going down opposite Kyra Eleni’s bakery. If you drive a car stop after a couple of hundred meters when you get to the small car park. Park your car and walk into the hamlet and explore. If you want to walk down to Loutraki via Machalas you can do that too. At the other end of the hamlet is a path which leads to the road halfway between Glossa and Loutraki. You can take the bus going up again.