Walking in Crete (East)

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Landscapes of EASTERN CRETE: 11 car tours + 50 long and short walks

by Jonnie Godfrey and Elizabeth Karslake

Long out of print because the proliferation of new tracks made route-finding very difficult without accurate maps, Eastern Crete is now available again – thanks to good maps and GPS technology. This new 5th edition – with almost double the number of walks – was revised on the ground just a few months prior to publication. All the maps have been redrawn using OpenStreetMap source material with GPS tracking. The printed maps show waypoints, and free downloadable GPS tracks are available for all the walks. Colour coding on the Contents page enables you to see at a glance the grading of various walks.

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Description

Crete East

Whether you walk, drive or picnic in eastern Crete, the mountains will be your constant companions, changing colour and mood from dawn to dusk, as you move through them, round them and over them. You cannot fail to feel their dramatic attraction. The stunning colours and heady scent of flowers and herbs, tucked into rough ground or splashed across a hillside, the warm-sounding buzz of hovering bees, and the massed band of a thousand cicadas will all leave a lasting impression – the ‘special effects’ of the total scene. You may share this rural bliss only with a solitary shepherd, his flocks and dogs, as you walk the hillsides of eastern Crete. Greeks, on the whole, don’t walk — unless they have to for their day’s labour. So be prepared for incredulous looks from the townspeople and faint smiles from the villagers!

Key features:

  • 50 long and short walks, colour-coded for grade
  • 1:50,000 topo maps with waypoints
  • free downloadable GPS tracks
  • E4 long-distance hiking route highlighted on all relevant maps
  • Samaria Gorge, Crete’s most popular walk, described as a day trip from Agios Nikolaos
  • satnav coordinates to walk starting points
  • 11 car tours and fold-out touring maps of both Eastern and Western Crete – ideal for planning
  • plans of Iraklion and Agios Nikolaos
  • strolls to idyllic picnic spots
  • timetables for local transport
  • online update service

Area covered: The guide book focuses on the area around Agios Nikolaos — east to Zakros and south to the coast. However, the tours go much further west, so that you can explore much of Crete by car — and there’s a description of the famous Samaria Gorge walk, a very popular day excursion by coach.

The best months for walking in Crete are April to June, September or October.

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Where to stay

If you are relying on public transport, opt for Agios Nikolaos. There is a wide choice of all grades of accommodation and plenty of buses in all directions.

Edition/contents etc

11 car tours, 50 long and short walks, many picnic suggestions
136 pages + two touring maps covering both western Crete and eastern Crete; plans of Agios Nikolaos and Iraklion; large-scale (1:50,000) topo maps
5th ed, 2017; ISBN 978185691-489-5
UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $18.00

Table of contents

Preface 5

Acknowledgements; Recommended reading 6

Getting about 7
Plans of Iraklion and Agios Nikolaos 8

Picnicking and a country code 10

Touring 12
Some points worth noting 13

1 THE NORTH AND SOUTH COASTS 14
Agios Nikolaos • Gournia • Pahia Ammos • Sitia • Piskokefalo • Lithines • Ierapetra • Episkopi • Agios Nikolaos

2 THE FAR EAST AND KATO ZAKROS 18
Agios Nikolaos • Sitia • Toplou Monastery • Vai • Palekastro • Kato Zakros • Sitia • Agios Nikolaos

3 UP INTO THE HILLS 21
Agios Nikolaos • Kalo Horio • Kalamafka • Anatoli • Gra Ligia • Ierapetra • Episkopi • Agios Nikolaos

4 A MINOAN ODYSSEY 23
Agios Nikolaos • Malia • (Iraklion) • Agii Deka • Gortys • Festos • Matala • Houdetsi • (Knossos) • Agios Nikolaos

5 THE AGIOS IOANNIS PENINSULA 27
Agios Nikolaos • Elounda • Plaka • Vrouhas • Loumas • Skinias • Karidi • Pines • Agios Nikolaos

6 FROM HILL VILLAGE TO SHEPHERD
COMMUNITY 29
Agios Nikolaos • Kritsa • Katharon Plateau • Agios Nikolaos

7 THE LASITHI PLATEAU 31

Agios Nikolaos • Neapolis • Mesa Potami • Psychro • Krasi • Mohos • Malia • Agios Nikolaos

8 A CENTRAL SWEEP 34
Agios Nikolaos • Hersonisos • Kasteli • Panagia • ’Embaros • Ano Viannos • Kato Symi • Ierapetra • Agios Nikolaos

9 THE CRETAN COUNTRYSIDE 36
Agios Nikolaos • Kritsa • Kroustas • Kalo Horio • Agios Nikolaos

10 KNOSSOS AND INLAND VILLAGES 38
Agios Nikolaos • (Iraklion) • Knossos • Arhanes • Vathypetro • Kasteli • Agios Nikolaos

11 TO THE WEST 40
Agios Nikolaos • (Iraklion) • Rethimnon • Hania • Agios Nikolaos

Walking (see explanation of symbols on pages 42-43) 42

Grading, waymarking, maps, GPS 43
Things that bite or sting 44
What to take 45
Where to stay 46
Walkers’ checklist 46
Weather 46
Greek for walkers 47
Organisation of the walks 49

THE WALKS

1 Kritsa • Lato • Tapes • Kritsa 50
2 Kritsa Gorge 53
3 Mardati • Kroustas • Kritsa 56
4 From Kroustas to Kalo Horio 58
5 From Kalamafka to Kroustas 60
6 ‘Big’ Spinalonga Island 62
7 Agios Ioannis Point 64
8 From Pines to Elounda 67
9 From Vasiliki to Episkopi 69
10 Episkopi • Agios Ioannis • Agia Fotia 72
11 From Sfaka to Tourloti 76
12 Kavousi • Thripti • Monastiraki 80
13 Ha Gorge 85
14 Stavromenos 86
15 Mesonas Gorge 88
16 Richtis Gorge 91
17 From Zakros to Agios Georgios 93
18 Zakros • Valley of the Dead • Kato Zakros 95
19 Bramiana Reservoir 98
20 Pefki Gorge 99
21 Limnes • Houmeriakos • Vrises • Limnes 102
22 Lasithi • Tapes • Kritsa 104
23 Crossing the Lasithi Plateau 108
24 From Tzermiado to Vrahasi 112
25 Karfi Circuit 118
26 Tzermiado • Kera • Gonies 120
27 Roza Gorge 124
28 Mournies • Mithi • Christos • Males 125
29 Mithi • Metaxohori • Sarakina Gorge (entrance) • Mithi 129
30 Samaria Gorge from Agios Nikolaos 131

 

Bus timetables 133

Index of geographical names 135

Fold-out touring maps of Eastern and Western Crete inside back cover

Line drawings of island flora 6

 

Guidebook index

Agía Fotiá 17, 18, 72, 75, TT10
Agía Triáda 25
Agía Varvára 24, TT19, TT20
Agii Déka 23, 24, TT19, TT20
Agios Geórgios 31, 108-9, TT4, TT16, TT25
Agios Ioánnis (village) 72, 74, 75
Agios Ioánnis Peninsula (Acra Agios Ioánnis) 27-8, 64, 65, 66
Agios Nikólaos
Town plan 8
Bus timetables TT1-TT8, TT13-15
Agios Stéfanos 99, 100
Ambelos
Gorge 120, 121, 122-3, 124
Pass 108-9, 119, 121, 121
Análipsi 16, 100
Anatolí 21, 22
Ano Viánnos 34, TT14
Avdéliako 30
Azória 81, 89, 89, 90
Bramiana Reservoir 21, 22, 34, 98, 98
Christós 125, 127, 128, 129
Diktaíon (‘Dikti’) Cave 32, 108-9, TT4, TT16, TT25
Dikti Mountains 17, 70, 70, 71
Eloúnda 27, 28, 63, 67, 68, TT2, TT7
Episkopí 14, 17, 22, 21, 69, 70, 72, 73, TT5
Exo Moulianá 14, 16, 19, 91, 92, TT6
Exo Potámi 31, 108-9, TT4
Féstos 23, 25, TT19
Galíni 17, 75, TT10
Goníes 120, 121, 122, 123, 124
Górtys 23, 24, TT19, TT20, TT21
Gourniá 14, 18, TT5, TT6, TT14, TT15
Grá Ligiá 21, 22, 35, TT14
Ha Gorge 17, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85
Hamiló 50, 53
Haniá 40, 41, 131
Hersónisos 23, 34, 39, TT1, TT12, TT25
Hóra Sfakión 131, 132
Houdétsi 23, 26, 39
Houmeriákos 102, 103
Ierápetra 14, 17, 21, 22, 34, 35, TT5, TT10, TT14, TT22, TT23, TT24
Iráklion 23, 26, 38, 39, 44, 45
Town plan 8-9
Bus timetables TT1, TT8, TT12-TT21, TT24
Istrón 14, 58-9, TT5, TT6
Kalamáfka 20-1, 22, 24, 60, 61
Kaló Horió 14, 21, 36, 58-9, 59, TT5, TT6
Kárfi (mountain) 112, 113, 114-5, 118, 119, 119
Karídi 27, 28
Kastéli 34, 38, 39
Kástro 81, 82
Katharón Plateau 29, 30, 105
Káto Amigdáli 31, TT4, TT16
Káto Eloúnda 63
Káto Goúves 24, TT1
Káto Horió 17, 37, 86
Káto Loúmas 28, 67
Káto Metóhi 32, 108-9
Káto Pinés 47, 67
Káto S´ymi 34, 35
Káto Viánnos 34, TT24
Káto Zákros 18, 20, 95, 96, 96-7, TT11
Katós 64, 66
Kavoúsi 14, 15, 18, 80, 81, 88, 89, 89, 90, TT6, TT8
Kefalavrísi 22, 60, 61
Kerá 32, 120, 121, 123, 124
Kliros (mountain) 88, 89
Knossós 23, 26, 38, 39
Kolokíthia 27, 63
Krási 31, 32, 114-5
Kritsá 14, 30, 29, 36, 53, 56, 104-5, 106, TT3
Gorge 53, 55
Kroústas 36, 37, 53, 56, 57, 58-9, 60, 61
Lasíthi Plateau 1, 14, 31, 32-3, 36-7, 104-5, 106-7, 108-9, 112, 113, 114-5, 119, TT4, TT16, TT25
Lató 29, 36, 51, 53
Límnes 102, 103
Makrigialós 14, 16, 99, 100, 101, TT10, TT22
Máles 125, 128, 129
Mália 23, 31, 34, 39, TT1, TT12, TT25
Mardáti 14, 29, 56, TT3
Mátala 23, 25, TT1, TT21, TT25
Mavrikianó 63, 67
Mésa Lasíthi 31, 32, 104-5, 108-9, 114-5, TT4
Mésa Moulianá 16, TT6
Mésa Potámi 31, 114-5, TT4
Mesónas Gorge 88, 89, 90
Metaxohóri 127, 128, 129
Mílatos (cave) 33
Míres 24, TT19
Mirsíni 15, TT6
Míthi 125, 128, 129, 130
Móhlos 16
Mohós 31, 32, 33
Monastiráki 14, 17, 21, 34, 80, 81, 84, 85, 85, TT5
Mourniés 35, 125, 129, TT14
Néa Anatolí 35, 39, TT16
Neápolis 31, 103, TT1, TT4, TT8, TT13, TT15
Nísimos Plateau 31, 112, 114-5, 117, 119, 119, 121
Nikiforidón 32, 106-7, 110-1, 116-7, TT4
Oloús 62, 63
Omalós 131
Orno Mountains 14-5, 77, 88, 89
Pahiá Ammos 14, TT5, TT6, TT15
Palékastro 18, 20, TT9, TT11
Panagía Kéra 29, 36-7, 53, 61
Páno Eloúnda 27, 67
Papadianá 70, 72
Péfki 99, 100
Gorge 99, 100, 101
Péfkos 35, TT14
Pezá 26, 39
Pinés 27, 28, 67, 67
Pírgos 37
Piskokéfalo 16
Pitsídia 25
Pláka 28, 27, 66, TT7
Plátanos 17, 77, 78
Pláti 32, TT4, TT16
Prína 36, 37
Psychró 31, 32, 108-9, TT4, TT16
Réthimnon 40-1
Richtis Gorge 16, 91, 92, 92
Roza Gorge 31, 121, 122-3
Samariá Gorge 131, 132
Sarakíni Gorge 34, 126, 127, 129, 130
Seléna Mountains 114-5, 116
Selinári 23, 33, TT1, TT8, TT13
Sfáka 14-5, 16, 76, 77
Sitía 14, 16, 18, 20, TT6, TT8-11, TT15
Skiniás 27, 67
Spiliá 26
Spinalónga 27, 62, 63, 70-1, 73
Stavroménos (mountain near Thriptí) 20, 83, 86, 86-7
Stóli 26
Tápes 50, 52, 53, 104-5, 106, 107
Thriptí 16, 80, 81, 82-3, 86, 87, 88
Toploú Monastery 19, 18
Tourlotí 15, 76, 77, 79, TT6
Tsamántis 82, 88, 89, 90
Tzermiádo 32, 108-9, 111, 112, 114-5, 118, 119, 120, 121, 123, TT4, TT16, TT25
Vái 18, TT9
Valley of the Dead 95, 96, 97
Váltos 28, 67
Vasilikí 14, 17, 21, 34, 69, 70, 70, 71, TT5
Vath´ypetro 38, 39
Viánnos Omalós 34
Vrahási 33, 39, 112, 114-5, 116-7, TT1, TT8
Vríses 31, 102, 103, 103
Vroúhas 27, 28, 66
Xeropótamos Gorge 96
Zákros 18, 20, 92-3, 94, 95, 96
Gorge 96

Current update

Eastern Crete, 5th Edition (2017)

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) in Eastern Crete given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price).

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

We have not yet received any update information for this book, which was updated by the authors shortly before publication of this 5th edition.

 

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