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Samaria gorge visitors trends

The National Park of Samaria has just closed for the season 2015 and visitors statistics are out. It seems that the recovery in the number of visitors to the gorge of Samaria suffered a small setback this year. The visitors … Continue reading

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Cretan holiday villa rentals

Amid the continuing talk of Greek crisis and all the foreign press hype about the country falling apart it is refreshing to see that local entrepreneurs are not afraid to embark on new and ambitious business ideas. Based in Chania, … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | June | Verbascum macrurum

If you drive on country roads in Crete in June you are bound  to notice the spectacular Verbascum macrorum growing along the roadsides. The plant can reach heights of up to 1.5m and is widespread in Crete and the southern … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | May | Crocus sieberi

To see Crocus sieberi, one of Crete’s most beautiful endemic flowers you will need to go quite high up in the mountains. This spring crocus flowers right at the edge of melting snow. You might find it as low as … Continue reading

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Not welcome in Gouverneto

Crete and the Cretans are known for their hospitality and the warm welcome given to visitors. Unfortunately it’s not always the case and in the recent past the monastery of Gouverneto on the peninsula of Akrotiri seems to have made … Continue reading

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When will the gorge of Samaria open in 2015?

It seems that many people are finding my previous post about Samaria opening (which was written in 2012) and asking me now what the situation is this year. I get the sense that quite a few of the people asking … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | April | Asphodel

Asphodelus ramosus, the White Asphodel or Branched asphodel, is very common in the Cretan landscape from March to June. This tall flower (it can be well over a meter in height) is found from sea level to about 1000m.

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Flower of the month | January | Arisarum vulgare

Arisarum vulgare (also called Friar’s Cowl because of its shape resembling…a monk’s cowl) is small flower of the Arum family which can grow in large colonies. It is not at all a showy flower, preferring to hide in moist, shady … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | October | Sternbergia

Sternbergia sicula (or more precisely Sternbergia lutea subsp. sicula) is not found in the West of Crete but is the most common Sternbergia in the rest of the island. It grows in open stony places, olive groves and phrygana and … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | September | Origanum dictamnus

Autumn is a tough season for a “Flower of the month” feature. After the long dry summer Crete doesn’t have much of a variety of flowers and I already covered the most common ones in 2013 and 2012. But there … Continue reading

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