Day 7 –Road to Edipsos, Polilofo and Limni.
Our plans for the day had to be slightly altered due to our bus being larger than Annie and Graham had expected. Georgios, our driver, decided that the roads, on the route as originally planned, were too narrow so instead he took us on a detour through the town of Edipsos and then the long way back to Polilofo. The change of plan meant that we were not to see the wild anemones or the Onosma euboica but we did see Capparis spinosa, Salvia pomifera subsp. calycina and Nicotiana glauca.
Polilofo was another seemingly deserted village, apparently having 11 residents in winter, which increases to 20 in the summer, with the one tavern.
After our arrival we walked up the unmade road towards the lower slopes of Mount Valandi, initially passing fields of vines and through wild flower meadows with lots of beehives. The bees could be seen feeding on the flowers of the dog roses and cistus. As we progressed up the track the vegetation changed to the phrygana and then further on to the maquis, which consisted in the main of the two types of strawberry tree, juniper and Spanish broom. Also, we came across two species of Greek tortoise, Testudo hermanni and Testudo marginata.