Prefecture of Chania Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by ardnas67
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by ardnas67
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by ardnas67

Prefecture of Chania Off The Beaten Path

  • the Imbros Gorge

    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...

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  • walk from Sougia to Lissos

    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...

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  • Drepano Peninsula

    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...

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  • Oranges

    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,...

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  • Venizelos House,Therisso

    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.

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  • Beautiful Therissos

    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...

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  • The road to Therisso

    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...

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  • Marathi

    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...

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  • Unknown Beach

    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...

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  • Sfinari

    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...

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  • Unusual Pets??

    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...

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  • Souda Bay Views

    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...

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  • Izzedin Turkish Fort

    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?!!

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  • Over Agia Roumeli...

    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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  • What a place!

    This place is one of my most lovely in Greece, wild and peaceful at the same time! You can go there by boat from Falasarna (which has a wonderful beach) or by car, east of the peninsula of Gramvousa -on a dirt road- and then have a hike for 20'. By boat you can also visit the islands of Gramvousa, the first one has a castle (1579) on its highest...

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  • A castaway?

    Andreas here is in his own paradise, Ballos of Gramvousa (he normally has no beard). Doesn't he look like the only extant castaway or inhabitant of this place?

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