A couple of years ago a new hiking trail from Mithi to Karidi has been marked. Regardless wether it is true or not that it already has been used by the minoans, it’s a nice trip anyway.
It’s not an easy walk though. It’s almost constantly a steep incline to Karydi, and the surface consists of the typical stones of alpine hiking trails. I strongly recommend hiking boots instead of sneakers. I took the same way back to Mithi which was much easier than the incline. I thus recommend to visit the “attractions” (like the bat’s cave, the viewpoint and the shepard’s fridge) while returning.
That was a total of about eight kilometres, four hours (including rests) and one and a half litres of water.
The trail is marked by some wooden signposts and red dots sprayed on rocks. I didn’t find a free download of a gpx track, so here’s mine, recorded during the decline from Karydi to Mithi. OsmAND served me very well BTW.
Seit ich auf Rhodos einen Tsipoura gegessen habe ist der Fisch vor mir nicht mehr sicher. Feinschmecker mögen bemängeln, dass er auf dem Holzkohlegrill zu gar und somit zu trocken wird. Das mag stimmen. Aber der Geschmack ist dennoch phantastisch. Und auch dem Retsina kann ich immer mehr abgewinnen. Der harzige Geschmack bedarf jedoch einer Eingewöhnungsphase.
Spiegel Online erinnert an das Massaker von Ano Viannos 1943. Auch der Reiseführer »Kreta« von Eberhard Fohrer (Michael Müller Verlag 2007, ISBN 978-3-89953-365-1) erinnert auf Seite 482 an die Ereignisse.
Zwischen Pefkos und Ano Viannos erinnert ein Denkmal (siehe Bild oben) an die Ereignisse. Am Ortseingang von Kato Symi sind die Namen der Opfer verzeichnet. Besonders bedrückend ist ein Besuch in Epano Symi. Das Dorf wurde nach dem Massaker nicht wieder aufgebaut. Vor Ort kann man noch die die verkohlten Ruinen der Gebäude und die beiden Kirchen sehen.
In vielen anderen Orten finden sich ähnliche Denkmale. Grundsätzlich sollten sich alle Besucher als Gäste sehen und sich dementsprechend verhalten. Und als deutsche Besucher sollten wir mit gutem Vorbild vorangehen.
Kato Zakros is best known for its Minoan palace. A further attraction is the Death Gorge from Zakros to Kato Zakros which is part of the E4 hiking trail. Last but not least the bay of Kato Zakros is a really nice one.
Mythi is the village next to the Sarakinas canyon. I mapped the major roads and POIs four years ago, but a lot of details were still missing. It was a nice hiking trip to map tracks, paths, and POIs around and in the village. The advantage of hiking is that you can pay much more attention to details along the way.
The Sarakinas is a river, or just a stream during the summer months, near Mithi respectively Myrtos. The upper half of it provides a canyon suitable for a nice demanding hiking trip. Shoes with a rough rubber sole are recommended, since most stones are relatively glossy.
The surroundings of Chandras offer three historical sites. Etia is an abandoned village with an venetian castle. Agia Sofia is a church surrounded by some ruins. Voila is a settlement of the venetian period.
Near Hamezi a new highway is being built, including some massive bridges. To get to the minoan settlement it is necessary to follow a couple of signs, not only the first two, of which the second is a bit misleading, since it points the visitor to the top of the hill. If in doubt, I recommend to use Osmand in conjunction with map data from openstreetmap.org for routing.
The Lassithi plateau is an interesting geoformation. It’s almost a circlar area, completely circumvented by some mountains, up to 2148m in hight like the ????? (Dikti). The plateau itself is about 800m above the sea level. There are only a few passes to enter it. One is the pass of Ambelos, where I took a panorama picture showing (from left to right) the Lassithi plateau south, the pass with some ruins of its windmills and then the sea north of it:
There’s a strong cool wind these days in Myrtos. The wind is that strong that you can neither go swimming (well, you can, but I guess it’s not much fun) nor read a book outside. Even the lid of the notebook will not resist. So I spend a lot of time cruising around the island and visiting various places. Of course this triggers some mapping work as an absolutely unwanted side-effect :) .
I remember a similar wind being present for almost two weeks on Samos and hope it will not last that long.
It’s the third consecutive year I visit Myrtos, Crete. It’s one of the southmost villages of europe with an almost tropical climate, where the swallows don’t leave towards africa during the winter months. It’s a quiet village with no clubs or big hotels. A small gravelled but nice beach and the usual infrastructure of cafes and restaurants make it the right place for some relaxing days. It’s sited at a primary road, so it’s easy to visit several locations in the east and north of Crete by car.