the Imbros Gorge (also Faragi Imbrou) is a 7 km long canyon located near Hora Sfakion in southern Crete. It runs parallel to Samaria Gorge.
We drove to the village Imbros and started this 2 hours walking through the beautiful gorge. At the end of the gorge we came to a taverna were two ladies asked us if we need a taxi. With an other family we drove in a pick-up car back to our cars in Imbros, it was a wild drive over a bad hairpin bended road.
In Sougia you can walk to Lissos. Lissos is an ancient city in south-west Crete, in Agios Kirikos area, near the small village of Sougia, 70 km south of Chania.
The walk starts at the harbour of Sougia.
and is quite clearly marked with the sign E4. After clambering over a smooth rock (step on this one really carefully on the way back, it is very slippery) you get on the path leading to Lissos.
After following the path in the shade of pine trees for about half an hour (there are a few branches to the path but it is impossible to get lost) you will pass an impressive smooth cliff overhanging the trail. Ten minutes later the path veers off to the left and starts climbing up the hill. The turn is quite clearly marked but there is still a slight risk that you might miss it and carry on walking in the gorge so keep an eye out for it.
The good path up the hills then leads through old pine trees to a treeless plateau with good views all around. After ten more minutes walking straight towards the West you arrive at a steep drop with beautiful views of Lissos.
The path then takes you down into the valley only a few meters away from the Aesculap temple.
The return is by the same path.
This is a beautiful area, little known and very rural. Some lovely little villages, untouched by tourism. The sign-posting is apalling and there are lots of minor roads leading who knows where. Every time we toured around here we ended up getting lost or not finding the place we wanted to find.
There is also a more major road, signposted to the lighthouse at Cape Drepanos. On arrival at the lighthouse you will be disappointed as it is a Naval base and NO ADMITTANCE. Nothing for it but to turn round and re-trace your steps.
One day we found the most marvellous establishment, which we thought was closed but we were assured they were open. It was tucked away in a tiny village that we never found out the name of. The village had lots of flower filled alleys and lots of lovely cats. I think, one by one, the whole village turned out to see "the tourists!!"
It was one of those "treasured moments".
The village we found has always remained nameless but the memories are still fresh. Apart from the warm welcome we recieved and the befriending of most of the villages cats, it was lovely to wander down the little alley-ways and admire the old houses and the containers full of bright flowers.
Meskla is in the valley to the west of Therisso and is one of the largest orange growing areas of Crete. Again, it's a lovely drive through the orange groves, following rivers until you come to Meskla. A tiny settlement with a taverna by the river next to a church. Unfortunately there were Greek students wrecking the tranquility, playing rap music, so we avoided that establishment. We went to the butcher/grocer/cafe and sat looking into the green gorge. Here we were joined by an American couple on their honeymoon, 2 weeks walking in Greece.
The valley was filled with dumped oranges, rotting in the May heat. Literally thousands of wasted oranges that nobody wanted. Shocking.
We had a brief look at the house of Venizelos's mother, in Therisso. It was a pretty ordinary house, with a name plaque and it was locked up. Still, we hadn't just come to look at the house. The drive alone was worth it, not to mention the beautiful, peaceful village.
After the beautiful drive through the Therissos Gorge, we were not disappointed with Therissos. It was a delightful little place, full of flower-bedecked courtyards with little bridges to houses. There were all of three kafeneons, one of whose bridge we crossed to have a drink at. We were served an ice-cold beer by a lovely old lady who was very impressed with our Greek.
Therissos is the birthplace of Venizelos mother and you can visit the house. (Venizelos being the Greek Prime minister from 1910 who brought Crete into the modern world.)
This is a beautiful trip, following the Therisso Gorge. It's almost directly south of Chania but again, signposting was poor.
The stream in the bottom of the valley was fast flowing, almost an English Lakes standard and flowed through a deep wooded gorge. As we climbed, the vegetation thinned out and after passing a pumping station the river dried up completely. The road continues on for another 2 - 3 km. through the gorge, following the dry river bed until you arrive in Therisso.
Probably not off the beaten track now but tourists didn't know of it in 1992. It's popular with off duty Nato personnel but not so when we visited.
It's on the east coast of the Akrotiri Peninsula, if you find it you will be lucky as the signposting was atrocious.The worst we had come across on Crete.
There is a small harbour with fishing boats and pleasure craft, a few tavernas and a lovely sand beach. We got the impression the sand had been imported as there appeared to be stones underneath.
There was a large caique on the beach which was being lovingly refurbed by aman and wife team.
Very pleasant place for a swim, lunch and watching boat activity.
Never did find the name of this beach. not named on the signpost and not on our map.
After descending the Imbros Gorge, turn left towards Frangokastello and there was a turn down to this beach.
We had the place to ourselves. There was a closed taverna with cell-like rooms to rent and the concrete shell of an unfinished building which made an excellent place to sit and have our picnic lunch.
The headlands were composed of interesting rock formations, one we thought looked like a red indian chief.
If anyone knows the name of this place, please let me know. I hate not knowing place names.
We had our last swim of our holiday here in the Libyan Sea, after a few swimless days, owing to the poor weather.
Again, we had been here on a previous holiday, when there had only been one ramshackle taverna, offering free camping. This trip, a few more large tavernas had appeared, all offering free camping, free sunbeds and free parking. The place was a mass of signs.
The place was absolutely deserted and only one taverna open.
There is lots of plastic greenhouse agriculture around here. Tobbacco seemed to be the big crop.
It was blowing a gale here, as it had been on our last visit. The sea was quite rough.
Sfinari is about half way down the very west coast.
One day it was really wild and we called in at a beachside taverna in Kalyves. We sat inside as it was raining. When we emerged, we heard strange noises from across the road. Lo and behold, in someone's garden were either ostriches or emus. I am not an expert on these creatures so weren't sure which they were but I had a pretty good idea they weren't being kept as pets and would soon be appearing on a menu somewhere.
One day we took the Aptera road and turned off for Stylos and Melaxa, both very old villages. We were attempting to cut across country to reach the Theriso road without having to go into Chania. We did eventually find the road and we were glad we had taken this route as the scenery was lovely and the views down to Souda Bay and Chania were wonderful.
Theriso will be covered later (from an earlier holiday and have to scan photos).
This large and complete stronghold is below Aptera, (good views from Aptera.) It was built with stone from Aptera.
It is now Crete's prison; I wonder how many escapees have disappeared into the mountains never to be seen again?!!
This castle is about half an hour -if you follow the footpath, otherwise it can be much longer, believe me!- from the discontiguous town of Agia Roumeli, at the exit of Samaria's Gorge.
If you are not tired from the hiking at the gorge, try to go there, the view is excellent!
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