The route begins at the main road of the settlement Ag. Mattheos (1), at the Community Offices, where you will visit the Ecomuseum corner. Stroll through the narrow, cobblestone lanes to tour the neighbourhoods named after local people and take note of the unique architecture of their homes. From there, begin to ascend a clearly marked path through the forest ecosystem of oak, holly oak, pistacia and strawberry trees (2). After passing a well with a religious icon, continue to climb to a clearing, where Pantocrator Monastery (3) is built. There are no monks there at present, but every year on 6 August, at the Transfiguration of Christ celebration, it comes alive as the tradition of offering a local pasta dish of orzo to worshippers is revived. The remains of a German machine gun bunker from World War II are still visible around the monastery. The route takes you to a pit cave known as the Hole of the Open Sea (4). Two vista points towards south Corfu and the impressive Korission Lagoon (5) offer you a place to rest before beginning your descent back down to the settlement.
The route is a descent through the mixed forest of Agios Mattheos towards Chalikounas with a magnificent view towards Korission Lagoon.
9.15 km, 3 hrs & 30 mins, moderate level of difficulty.
This route is a continuation of Route 4A. Follow the trail made by shepherds as they led their herds to Korission Lagoon and continue your tour through the mixed forest of Agios Mattheos. From Pantokrator Monastery, head towards the ruins of the German machine gun bunker and, after taking in the view towards south Corfu, you will reach Kanouli beach (6) and then Chalikounas (7), the sandy strip of land that separates Korission Lagoon from the Ionian Sea.