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Mountain and sea  - 6th May 2008

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Mountain and sea  - Click to enlarge

 

Mountain and sea

 

Angelokambi above Agia Roumeli  - Click to enlarge

 

Angelokambi above Agia Roumeli

 

One of my favourite path in Crete leads from the hamlet of Agios Ioannis (in Sfakia) to the valley of Potamos (in the White Mountains) via the spring of Zaranokefala. The path follows the contours of Zaranokefala (2100m) high above the gorge of Eligas. Its beauty is mainly derived from the fact that it is so high (up to 1900 m just above the spring) and at the same time so close to the coast. At some points you can even see parts of the beach of Agia Roumeli (see lower image).

In this particular photo I am just leaving the treeline at 1800 m and these are the last maple trees (Acer sempervirens). The pointed hill in the background is the 700 m hill of Angelokambi, just to the East of the gorge of Samaria.

If you look closely at the bottom image (photographed with a telephoto lens from high up) you can see the remains of two small fortifications on top of each of the hills of Angelokambi (so that makes 4 small castles above Agia Roumeli). These can be reached from the old village of Agia Roumeli or from the gorge of Eligas but beware, the track is hard to find.

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