|The Rouvas forest seen from the E4|
The walk up from Rouvas is quite straightforward; once you have walked back down the stream from the Rouvas picnic area and turned right (north) up the dry river bed for two hundred yards, you scramble up a short, easy rock section (well sign posted) before the path continues up through open oak woodland (the Rouvas Forest) heading first for the Duo Prinoi chapel, which has a water tap, and then later up and over a ridge, beyond which a small dry water course leads up a steep sided valley to the flat lands of the Nidha plateau.
|Another view down on to the bowl and forest at Rouvas|
The path up the dry, but overgrown, gully on the way to the Nidha Plateau
|Tantalising views ahead to Psiloritis|
Once on the plateau itself the walking is flattish and easy on dirt roads which lead eventually to the decrepit, and closed-looking, Nidha Taverna. On the way, there are tantalising views ahead to the summit slopes of Psiloritis and as the morning wore on, the clouds thickened over the tops, giving me hints about the best time to be at the summit next day.
I walked into the Nidha Taverna about 1130 am, relieved to see that it was indeed operating. The landline for Stelios no longer works (or at least not for him) so you now have to rely on the mobile number for future reference (see above). There are two bedrooms above the kitchen, one with three beds and one with two. The price for the room (regardless of the number of sleepers) is 25 euros and is supposed to include breakfast, but somehow I ended up paying 30. As I was planning to help myself to their wine that evening, I supposed it was all going to work out.