On Old Paths To Ancient Sites
Hike with spectacular views of the coast and the sea on the coastal path E4 to the picturesque Loutró on Glyká Nerá (= fresh water), a beautiful beach that can only be reached on foot or by boat and has fresh water sources. From there we reach the E4 Loutró. Then we take a short circular walk through the ancient settlement of Phoenix. The trail runs almost exclusively on rocky paths, initially with a short steep climb. We enjoy the panoramic view, walk past a cave in the steep slope to the ruins of the ancient settlement. Next we hike to Phoenix Bay, formerly the port of ancient Anopolis. From there, after a drink and / or bath break, we will continue on the E4 along the coast and over the southern tip of the flattening peninsula back to Loutró. Back to Chóra Sfakíon we finally arrive by taxi boat.
Chóra Sfakíon - Loutró
Physical condition: surefootedness, free from giddiness
Difficulty: ↕️ 160 m; 7 km; medium
Duration: 2.10 h
Small tour from Loutró to Phoenix and back to Loutró
Physical condition: surefootedness
Difficulty: ↕️ 180 m; 4.7 km; easy
Duration: 1.30 h
Dream Paths of Sfakiá
(Ágios Ioánnis-Selouda-Ágios Pávlos-Agía Rouméli)
In Ágios Ioánnis begins the scenic descent to the coast. A ravine bordered by rubble leads down a forested plain through a depression and back up to the south. We reach the edge of the plateau Selouda (600 m), from where we have a breathtaking view along the south coast in the direction of Agía Rouméli and far beyond along the coast to Paleóchora. Sitting on top of the cliff, we understand what the word silence means: the whisper of the wind, the flapping of colourful butterflies and shining beetles, the humming of bees and bumblebees - in front of us the endless expanse of the Libyan Sea.
Here begins our descent towards the coast. We can make our way from the height along the coast. The descent takes place on a first well-preserved Kalderimi, founded and paved in times when goods were still transported on the back of tough mules, in steps down. We follow the path that requires surefootedness in the future and is easily exposed in some places. The descent requires a bit of staying power, but mainly runs in the shadow of the mighty pines. They give us protection from the sun, and their warmth and power gives us a pleasantly warm feeling of relaxation, encouragement and encouragement.
About 100 m above sea level. After a strenuous descent, we meet the coastal path E4, which leads us through a pine forest towards Ágios Pávlos. Zistrosen adorn our way and here and there an oleander. The Libyan Sea always at our side we enjoy in the shade of trees on pine needles walking the spicy pine scent. Now, on sand, the path leads us further down to the picturesque chapel of Ágios Pávlos from the 11th century. On the beach of Ágios Pávlos we take the opportunity to swim and to stop in the small beach tavern, before continuing on the path towards Agía Rouméli ,
Agia Rouméli we continue along the coast on the E4 hiking over a small stone bridge that crosses the foothills of the Samariá gorge. Their creek bed at this time of year still ice-blue mountain water from the Lefká Ori. Where the Samariá River, freed from the narrow gorge, finally unites with the sea, our path ends. In Agía Rouméli we linger, our feet can dive into the mountain water, bathe in the sea or stop in one of the many taverns. Our return to Chóra Sfakíon is by boat along the southern coast of the Sfakiá and allows us to review the walking distance from the sea.
Physical condition: surefootedness, free from giddiness, endurance
Difficulty: ↕️ 700 m; difficult descent
Duration: 5 h
The Rhythm of the Ocean
A nature experience of a special, sensual nature awaits us on our small boat trip along the south coast of Crete. We are looking for the best natural salt pans in which the precious crystalline sea salt of Crete lies: unmistakable and unique in taste, rich in natural ingredients and minerals.
The beautiful beach "Orthí Ammos", which got its name from the high, impressive sand dunes, is one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete and is located east of the castle of Frangokastello. It is a quiet, natural beach with golden sand and crystal clear, gently sloping sea. On the beach there is a light grey, mineral clay in abundance, which ensures a beautiful skin.
Bays & Beaches
A nature experience of a special, sensual nature awaits us on our boat trip with swimming breaks along the spectacular south coast of Sfakiá. Many of the bays can only be reached on foot or by boat. We reach the beautiful bays along the coast to the west and will have the opportunity to explore the bays floating from the boat. In Agia Rouméli and Loutró a shore leave is planned.
Monastery Préveli - Palm Beach Préveli - Spíli
The Monastery Moni Préveli towers over the coast. Scarred slopes slope down to the sea. We enter the elaborately restored monastery through a large gate and visit its airy complex, which consists of terraced yards.
Below the monastery is a nearly subtropical-looking jungle of palm trees, eucalyptus, mastic and oleander. In addition, there are many other tree and shrub species on both sides of the crystal clear river Megalopótamos, which forms a small lagoon shortly before its confluence with the sea. In front of it lies a small grey sandy beach, and to the east of the bay rises a bizarre shaped boulder. The bay is framed by dizzying high cliffs. We reach the bay of the palm beach of Préveli on foot over 434 roughly carved out of the rock steps in about 15 minutes.
The "garden city" Spíli is located in the midst of a beautiful forest and wooded area. At the Venetian Lion Fountain, 25 lions' heads are filled with wonderfully cool and refreshing spring water and the place invites you to linger.
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