The plateau of Omalos in winter

Located at an altitude of between 1100 and 1200 metres and with yearly precipitations of up to 2000mm (that's 2 metres!) falling mainly in the winter time the plateau of Omalos gets a lot of snow and is well worth a visit or more if you get a chance.

Because a lot of Greeks also come to Omalos in winter several hotels (with restaurants) stay open in winter, al least at weekends. Among them To Exari and Neos Omalos. If you want to come and stay there at the weekend make sure that you book in advance as they can sometimes get pretty busy.

There are some excellent walks that you can do from Omalos but considering the quantities of snow (at times) you better have the right equipment. Snowshoes are great and for higher slopes you might need crampons and ice axe. Most people choose to stay on the plateau (partly because most Cretans do not have adequate snow gear and partly because they shun physical exercise) and will not venture very far at all so you'll generally get the hills to yourself.

 

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  • Road arriving at the Omalos plateau
  • Road arriving at the Omalos plateau
  • Omalos plateau
  • Road on the plateau
  • Road on the plateau
  • Road sign on the plateau
  • Leaving the Omalos plateau heading West
  • Arriving on the Omalos plateau from the West
  • Chapel of Agios Theodoros on the Omalos plateau
  • The entrance of the Samaria National Park
  • Entrance of the gorge of Samaria with Pachnes and the White Mountains in the background
  • Xyloskala and the path to Gingilos seen from the opposite slope
  • Arriving at Xyloskala
  • Entrance of the gorge of Samaria with the summits of Gingilos and Volakies in the background
  • The gorge of Samaria and the central White Mountains from Xyloskala
  • The gorge of Samaria and the central White Mountains from Xyloskala
  • View from Xyloskala
  • The gorge of Samaria and the central White Mountains from Xyloskala
  • The gorge of Samaria and the central White Mountains from Xyloskala
  • Omalos plateau
  • Omalos plateau
  • Old Verbascum macrorum stalks in the snow
  • Omalos plateau
  • Pond on the Omalos plateau
  • Bench by a frozen pond on the Omalos plateau
  • Omalos plateau from above
  • Above Xyloskala (on the way to Gingilos)
  • Dead cypress tree above the Omalos plateau
  • Above Xyloskala (on the way to Gingilos)
  • The summit of Pachnes seen from Xyloskala (with telephoto)
  • Omalos plateau
  • Snowshoeing on the slopes above Omalos
  • Snowshoeing on the slopes above Omalos
  • Trees on the slopes of Psilafi
  • Trees on the Omalos plateau
  • Omalos plateau seen from above (on the way to Kallergi)
  • Omalos plateau seen from above (on the way to Kallergi)
  • Trees on a slope above Xyloskala
  • Gingilos seen from Xyloskala
  • Gingilos viewed from the plateau
  • Summit of Gingilos
  • Summit of Gingilos
  • Summit of Gingilos
 
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