A broad concrete road crosses the low hill above Emborios harbour to reach Pondamos Beach, the most popular of Halki’s handful of tiny shingle beaches, after 500m. Beyond that, it climbs to the abandoned village of Horio, 3km along, then continues west to the hilltop monastery of Agiou Ioanni. That’s a total one-way hike of 8km, recommended in the cooler months only.

Two more pebble beaches, both equipped with decent tavernas and served by buses in summer, lie within walking distance of Emborios. Ftenagia Beach is beyond the headland 500m south of the harbour, while Kania Beach is an enjoyable but unshaded 2.5km hike north, signposted off the main road halfway to Pondamos.