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My personal shopping recommendations for a Crete visit

Best guide books Probably the best two guide books in English are The Rough Guide to Crete and the Blue Guide Crete. This last one is getting a little old (8th edition came out in 2010) but as its strong … Continue reading

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Samaria gorge 2016

Because of the mild and very dry winter there has been little damage to the path that runs through the gorge of Samaria and not much water in the river. As the good weather looks set to continue it seems … Continue reading

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The Cretan Way – A 28-day walk by Luca Gianotti

A long awaited book finally got published last week: “The Cretan Way – A 28-day walk” is the brainchild of Luca Gianotti, an Italian walking guide. Rather than trying to paraphrase what the book is about here is an excerpt … 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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A new map of the White Mountains

The Greek map company Anavasi has recently published a new map of the White Mountains and the region of Sfakia. Most people who walk in Crete will already know the 1:25.000 Anavasi maps of the area of Pachnes (Central White … Continue reading

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Maps of Crete

Having just updated my maps page on this web site (especially the French and German versions of the page which were quite out of date) I noticed that most of the Anavasi Editions maps for Crete are now available through … Continue reading

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Samaria Gorge on the 3rd of May

I have never seen so much water in the gorge during the open season (May to October). The river runs right through the gorge without disappearing underground at any point like it normally does. This means A LOT of crossings … Continue reading

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Samaria gorge is open for 2012

Just a very short update about the gorge of Samaria: it opened this morning and will remain open until late October, weather permitting. I am looking forward to walking through it in a couple of days. It should be at … Continue reading

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Samaria gorge update

The gorge of Samaria opened today from the Agia Roumeli side but only for the first 2 km. That brings you roughly just beyond the “Gates” as the narrowest part of the gorge of Samaria is called. It is still … Continue reading

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