Hiking walks in Lefkada – Part 5

We continue our walking excursion at Lefkada, with the book «Lefkada on foot» by Lida Out.

Lazarata – Fryas – Kontrata – Lazarata
(1 hr) 3.1 km

The walks starts from the square in Lazarata (LKM1), called Barakes. Behind the kiosk you see the ΔΗΜΑΡΧΕΙΟ (the town hall). To the right of this building there is a paved road along the front of the kafeneion. Take this road, keep right and follow the continuing road uphill (ribbed concrete). The road is alternately paved, concrete and tarmac. After about 10 minutes you reach the church of Ag. Spyridon.

Originally the church of Ag.Spyridon was a monastery, built in the mid 18th century; the present church dates from the end of the 19th century.

Past the wall that runs along the front of the church you immediately turn right, onto the path (FR1). At the Y-junction of paths you keep on the right hand side path that for a small stretch is rather overgrown at the sides. After 4 minutes you pass the church of Analipsis.

This part of Lazarata is called Prementinos. The name probably derives from the Albanian founders; crafts men (barrel-makers) from Albanian Prementi.

Keep following the main road that is alternatively paved and concrete. Ignore the turns. You pass a new apartment complex and after 15 minutes from the church of Ag. Spyridon you reach a fork in the road. You turn off here later, but first it is worth it to walk straight ahead to the square of Fryas (FR2).

You reach a square with a beautiful old plane tree. The name of this settlement is Fryas and comes from the Turkish wells on the square, dating from 1478-1684. The water from these wells was until recently still used as water supply for the villages.

(Continues in the book)