Largely considered to be the home of Western culture, art and philosophy, Greece has one of the most interesting and vibrant histories in the world. Steeped in myth and fascinating culture, thousands of Britons flock to the country every year to experience everything this unique country has to offer.
Probably the most popular, and largest of the Grecian islands is Crete. As the most Southern island in Europe, Crete has one of the best climates you could ever hope for, and a huge amount of tourist attractions, not to mention spectacular landscapes and walking trails.
Eleftherna is a perfect destination for those who love history as well as walking. Eleftherna boats seven miles of varied terrain suits walkers who have moderate to vast experience. The walk follows open limestone country through to the valley floor over an Hellenistic bridge before going on to the acropolis of ancient Eleftherna returning via a Byzantine fortification site.
This walk is around 10 miles long and starts at Asomatos village, walking alongside the beautiful Megalopotamos river to its end at Palm Beach. Take advantage of Crete’s infamous warm, clear blue seas by going for a swim before climbing back up to the fascinating monastery of Preveli
The Summit of Vryssinas
This walk is around nine miles long and would suit the more experienced walker as there is a fairly difficult ascent of around 1600 ft. Leave the Minoan Cemetery at Armeni and walk along the base of Vryssinas ridge to the quaint village of Oros before gradually ascending to the foot of Vryssinas peak. On your walk you will be able to see the chapel of Prophet Ilias and be rewarded with beautiful views of Psiloritis, Rethymno, Kedros and the stunning White Mountains.
These are just a handful of suggestions, there are hundreds more fascinating walking trails to discover on your Crete holiday. When thinking about accommodation, Crete has literally thousands of options to choose from, whether you go for a tent on one of their fantastically maintained campsites, or opt for one of the stunning Crete holiday villas, where you can relax and unwind after your walk with a dip in your own private pool.
Don’t forget, while in Crete, make sure you go and visit the hugely interesting Archaeological Museum in Heraklion for an insight into Ancient Greek culture.