Daily itinerary 8-day
Hiking Tour in South-West Crete, option ADay 1
. Arrival at Chania airport. Transfer by taxi to Chora Sfakion
, where your first hotel is situated. A beautiful drive which brings you from the north coast over the mountains to the south coast.
About 1,5 hours driving.
. You take the early bus to the village of Imbros.
This is the start of the walk through the Imbros gorge
. A relaxing, shady walk in beautiful green surroundings.
Walking time 2,5 hours – 800 m downhill – 9 km.
In the village of Komitades you can choose to take a taxi back to Chora Sfakion or walk another 5 km on the road, with beautiful views of the sea and the (snow-capped) mountains of the Lefka Ori.
Walking time 1 hour – 4 km.
After lunch in Chora Sfakion you start the second walk of the day.
First you follow the road, then an exciting footpath along the coast to Loutro
where your next hotel is situated. The path passes along two beaches, so you have several opportunities to swim.
Walking time 2 hours – 6 km.
. A round walk starting from Loutro. First you go up to the Venetian castle high above Loutro then along an old donkey path to the village of Livaniana.
From here you walk through the Aradena gorge
towards the village of Anopolis. In the gorge some climbing is involved.
Arriving in Anopolis, you can enjoy a drink in the village square before starting the second part of the walk. From the Agia Katerini church you have splendid views over the south coast. From here an old footpath zigzags back down to Loutro.
Walking time 4 hours + 2 hours – up and down 650 m – 16 km.
. Today you leave Loutro. A coastal path, sometimes near the sea, sometimes higher up, leads you all the way to Agia Roumeli
There are many beautiful beaches for a swim. Soon you see the ancient chapel of Agios Pavlos on the beach and a bit further the exit of the Samaria gorge and the tiny village of Agia Roumeli, where you stay for the next two days.
Walking time 5 hours – 100 m up and down – 15 km.
. Today you can be as active as you choose.
You can walk into the Samaria gorge, as far as the water and the security people allow you to go, or another interesting possibility might be to go up to the old Venetian fortress.
. A rather long and not so easy walk but very rewarding!
From the coast you walk uphill via Agios Ioannis and Aradena to Anopolis
. Aradena is an almost deserted village which has recently begun to be restored. Worthwhile exploring! Crossing the bridge you walk to the next village, Anopolis, already known to you from day 3.
It can be rather cold in the evenings, especially when there is still snow on the White Mountains (Lefka Ori).
These mountains so near at hand are very impressive!
Walking time 6 hours – 600 m up – 16,5 km.
. Today there are two possibilities to finish your walking holiday.
• The first possibility is a relaxed walk starting from Anopolis square end ending in Chora Sfakion
. First you walk through the village of Anopolis, which stretches out for several kilometers. Then you walk up a small hill and go down to the beginning of the Inlingias gorge
An old path leads through this narrow gorge, bringing you all the way down to Chora Sfakion.
Walking time – 2 hours – 700 m down.
• The second possibility is a walk up to the highest mountain in the Lefka Ori, the Pachnes
This mountain is 2453 meters high, only 3 metres less than the highest mountain of Crete.
To do this, you will have to make an arrangement with Nikos, the owner of the taverna and rent rooms. He will drive you to the starting point of the walk with his four-wheel-drive pickup truck. Driving time: about 75 minutes.
After the walk he will meet you there again to drive you back to the village.
Walking time – 4,5 hours – 550 m up and down.
After this you can decide whether you want to walk down to Chora Sfakion or whether you will go by taxi.
. Departure for the airport of Chania.
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