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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

We tried to visit the peak of Mount Aenos today (3/9/18) & the road to the top is closed due to fire risk. The views to this point are still fantastic and are a easy drive (well as easy as it gets driving a tiny hire car up steep roads!) Worth a trip but be aware that at the moment the summit may be closed.

6  Thank Bristolians40
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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

The drive up was fun for the family as we twisted higher and higher but when we arrived we were immediately welcomed by several wasps. The younger members of our family were not impressed. Wasps are present most of the time up here. We abandoned any idea of having lunch at the top.

Also the fact that the top is covered with trees makes the views harder to appreciate. There is no 360 view.

It was good but not an overall holiday highlight for us.

1  Thank jamesddmm
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Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

So the park has re-opened and we had fresh temperatures of 19 degrees at the top and fantastic views. If you approach from the North side on the main Argostoli to Sami mountain road Ainos is clearly signposted as a right turn. The road is wide and solid tarmac all the way to the top. Once at the top, if you follow the gravel track on the south side away from the masts you will come to a beautiful viewpoint after 400m or so. Enjoy!

1  Thank Elayneedge
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

The views are best in the early morning as the smog comes in from Patras during the day. But oh what beautiful views. Zakynthos is literally at your feet and you can see onto the mainland . The foot trails are in great shape and the guides and rangers are very friendly and love to tell you stories. Go if you get the chance.

1  Thank DenisAnna1990
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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Park still closed due to fire risk. Was advised to try again on or after the 15-08-18 around midday. Very disappointing to only be told this 5K from the summit :-(

3  Thank RCZMK
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Reviewed August 10, 2018

We drove to the entrance to the park, only to find a STOP sign and a closed road. The handwritten note said the park was shut til Monday 13th. We enjoyed the drive up from Sami anyway, as the views were lovely and will probably try again next week.

1  Thank janthefan
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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

The mountain and National Park is closed again due to acute fire hazard.

Really upset we can’t go up, but understandable! A fire on this Island would be devastating!

Another time!

2  Thank NewEur0pean
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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

The scenery here is amazing. Not only at the top but also when driving to the national park. The road gets better when you enter the park, amazing views and open spaces with rocks change into green trees.

Park the car near the radio towers and continue on foot. Amazing views guaranteed!

2  Thank Ward51
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Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Climbing so high makes it much cooler than the rest of the island to the point where the environment is completely different. Lush alpine mossy woods, wildflowers and hundreds of butterflies greeted us as we drove up to the top. Great views of the island, particularly Argostoli. Especially recommended if you’d like to escape the heat for a while as the cool breeze and birdsong make it great to relax.

1  Thank esoteric_imaging
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Reviewed July 20, 2018

Key points, Ainos is big and covers much of the South of the island. Ainos is also steep with the tarmac road following the 'flattest' route up. There are only a few other routes up (all for foot traffic) and they are steep, think steps and long zig zags. This solution is from Skala but will work from Sami.
Get the bus running from Poros to Sami (in either direction, runs 3 times a week in high season, there is only 1 bus) and get off at the highest point (this is not on Ainos but on the opposite side of the valley), my map and Google maps has this as the village of Digaleto (38°10'25.4"N 20°41'10.3"E). This did not make much sense to the bus driver (probably my pronounciation or messed up map labelling) but I explained (in Greek) where I wanted to be. There is a village here regardless of what the locals call it. Look for the Argostoli road. This will link up with the tarmac road up to the radio mast but it does go a very long way round. The shorter route is to follow the road until you pass the quarry. This will be seen as a large area of yellow sand that can literally be seen from a long way off, it is more a collection of piles of sand rather than a rock face. By the quarry entrance is a sign that shows the route up, the key word is up. Barring some walking around the lower slopes of Ainios it is all straight up and steep. Above the tree line most of what you get to see is trees with rocks for some variety. Near the summit the route opens out and there are allegedly excellent views. Anyone who has walked that far is not going to care but will be glad of the accomplishment. Following the tarmac road will considerably increase the distance but is easier and there is some chance of a lift from a passing car. This trip took about 3 hours up and 2 down. There are walks on the top of Ainos which is relativley flat but I was keen to get back down to catch the bus back. Total cost from Skala about 6 Euro, starting at 09:30 and getting back at 19:15, about 2 hours spent hanging around for the bus.

2  Thank Grayde B
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