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Sfakia

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10 travelers at this place:

  • Day6

    Samaria Gorge hike

    July 16, 2017 in Greece

    The Samaria gorge is the longest one in Europe. It is an area of stunning natural beauty. Rare flora and fauna have survived in this area and are protected. The mountains that have formed it are wild, high and steep. One will pass through forests of ancient cypresses and pines and descend between vertical cliffs. The path starts from Xyloskalo (near Omalos) in the White Mountains at an altitude of 1230 meters and comes to an end at the village of Agia Roumeli at the Libyan sea. Walking through the gorge usually takes anything from 5-6 hours.
    The path is 16km long and although it is maintained and in good condition, it is quite stony and also steep at times.
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  • Day4

    Day 3

    August 6, 2017 in Greece

    We decided to take a boat to Gavdos island so we got tickets then had breakfast at the ferry snackbar, yogurt and fruit with figs this time. We bought a couple of cheese and ham sarnies to take with us. Boat trip was a bit packed and limited on our little boat so not much chance to move around, took an hour and 15 mins. Was ready for a large cold Mythos when we arrived, Marie had white wine which always is retsina and very nice too. We missed the bus to the nearest beach so like typical brits we set off across the island in the mid day sun and soon got fried. Luckily as we stopped to put more sun cream on a hippy in a camper stopped and offered us a lift, we jumped in and he took us to the beach. Very nice of him indeed and i was amused by the strong smell of skunk weed in his van. The beach was very laid back with lots of tents and hippies and nude bathers but very warm and no shelter near the water. We sat out for a little bit but then retreated to a palm leaf umbrella chair and table at a little bar and had some drinks. The boat ride back was very similar, in hindsight I would rather have got the big ferry for 1 euro more each way (€21) because you can wander around the boat and there is a toilet etc. Got back and tried the Samaria restaurant again, food was fab but service was shite. Wrong drinks came, both Maries main course and starter came first then after she had eaten these they brought out my main course and starter. Then we had to keep asking different waiters for our bill. It was like they had spliffed up before we arrived. Oh well not the end of the world.Read more

  • Day4

    Day 4

    August 6, 2017 in Greece

    We wanted a quiet day before we walked Samaria gorge so after a nice sfakion pie in kantina sfakia which is fast becoming our favourite place because it's straight forward and not trying to be all poncey. We then went to our beach near Frangocastello and after a morning swim we again had a lovely lunch in the nearby taverna. I had spaghetti with pork and cheese (best meal yet). Marie had stuffed toms and peppers again. We found another beach just down the coast which was even better ans so had another swim. Now i have lovely sunburn and the prospect of carying a backpack on it all day tomorrow. Might need to think about buying aftersun after all. Just having a lovely Pork Giros and a plate of chips for Marie as we ar not up for another big meal. Then early night before tomorrow's walk.Read more

  • Day6

    Day 5 samaria gorge

    August 8, 2017 in Greece

    Ok so early start, nice long drive to Omalos in taxi costing €130 (ouch) very nice mountains up there. Then a ham and cheese sandwich at the top of the walk before setting off. Going was tough as the first section is a big staircase, path is very rocky and not the easiest to descend. Also the heat was unbearable. We paced ourselves and took regular breaks. The path got worse in sections and the heat got hotter. Soon a combination of me being unfit, overweight and sunburned to hell got the better of me forcing me into stops every couple of hundred yards or so. After 8 hours or so we had only made 10k and the park was soon to close. The warden came along with his Mule "Adrianna" and didn't take long to convince me to ride her to the exit. Can't remember when i last was on a horse or donkey, probably as a toddler. The ride was a unique experience and I was very grateful as i don't think i could have made it to the end. Marie was a trooper and followed us down the trail at a blistering pace she did fantastic. The Mule was amazing and navigated some scary terrain all with the weight of me on her back. I was so gratefull to see the end of the park as was regretting the day massively. Our hotel very kindly came and picked us up in a pickup truck i did the ride of shame in the back. The hotel owner had been emailing us thinking we were a no show when they got the call. After a shower and change of clothes we had a nice dinner but I had no appetite. Feeling really sore and sorry for myself now.Read more

  • Day6

    Day 6

    August 8, 2017 in Greece

    ...it hurts...!!! Our room last night was fantastic but the Air con was not as cold as in Sfakion. So was a pretty unrest full night for both of us and my legs were cramping up really bad. We almost had to crawl to breakfast, coming downstairs is the hardest part. Tried a little walk around Agia romeli but that's not helping. We booked the 11.30am ferry and sat iff until it came. After getting back we had a 2 hour siesta tgen freshened up and went for some dinnerm i had fried chicken with tsatziki and Marie had Domades and cheese croquettes. A little walk round Sfakia and some cheesecake and chocolate pie and we met a nice kitten on the harbour wall. Back to the room for some more recuperation.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Dimos Sfakia, Sfakia, Σφακίων

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