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 Mountains), Sfakia and Sougia. There is also one for the area of Psiloritis.
First published around 5 years ago they were the first proper walking maps to be published for Crete.
Last autumn they brought out a new map called Lefka Ori / Sfakia. It has the same 1:25.000 scale and more or less combines the two maps of Sfakia and the White Mountains so it is about twice as large. Essentially you get two maps for slightly more that the price of one of the former ones. What I find interesting is that the new map offers far more information in the White Mountains with most of the summits names now marked. You can compare a small portion of the two maps below. At the top the old map and below the new one (it’s a scan so lower quality than the top map).
A few more paths are also marked on the new map.
The new map has a few drawbacks though:
- it is far less solid than the original maps (which are slightly plastified and very strongly made) but at the price it won’t cost the earth to replace.
- I find the map colour scheme a little less readable than the old map but that’s probably a matter of taste.
- as it is about twice as large it won’t be as easy to handle in the field, especially on windy days.
But I can still highly recommend this new map for the extra information it contains.
You can find it in good bookshops in Crete (but beware, supply is not always reliable).
The new map has also recently become available on Amazon. Here are the direct links for Amazon.com (but beware, the price listed today is really high), Amazon.co.uk (currently the best deal) and Amazon.de .