Late snow

Those of you lucky enough to come to Crete this month will find that there is still a lot of snow left on the mountains.

View of the mountains from Chania harbour

View of the White Mountains from Chania harbour

This photo from the mole of Chania harbour was taken today but looks more like what you normally expect to see in the middle of winter.
Having snowy mountains as a backdrop when the temperatures are high enough to go to the beach (we had a high of 24 °C today – not exactly hot but pleasant enough) is a very special pleasure. Even after living 20 years on the island I still feel  very privileged to have it.

On the down side, if you are coming to Crete this spring with any intent to walk in the higher mountain you might need more than walking shoes. The quantities of snow up there are still tremendous and likely to remain so for the near future.


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4 Responses to Late snow

  1. Mr Robin says:

    With the large amount of snow still on the mountains it looks like the Gorge will not be open until at least June, unless we have a very hot spell next month and a quick melt

    • Jean says:

      Quite the opposite: a quick melt would bring lots of water into the gorge of Samaria so it won’t be able to open in May. A slow melt (no heat wave) will keep levels reasonable.

  2. Iain says:

    It’s a great time of the year to be here isn’t it. I’m out in Stavros just now, and love looking over at the vista the white snow-capped Lefka Ori provides, with bright blue skies above, and colourful spring flowers in front!

  3. David jones says:

    I would totally endorse the comments about the snow on the White Mountains. We have holidayed on the island of Crete for the last 15 years although always in the peak month of August. However we have recently enjoyed our first spring break and have just got back to the U K after a fantastic week away. Flying into Chania airport and seeing the mountains covered in snow is just amazing – the backdrop of the Lefki Ori and the wild flowers made our time away.

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