• Ag Pavlos beach

    North from Ravdouha, by kayak

    After what seemed weeks of summer winds (typical for Paleochora in August and September), the Meteo forecast promised a calm Monday with still
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  • Samaria 1

    A Walk from Olive Tree Cottages (Circular From Paleochora)

    Once upon a time, after a stressful spring and summer, Lynne and I booked a package holiday with UK Freelance Holidays, to “quieter Crete”, in a
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  • Site of Kalamyde

    Searching for Kalamydes

    It started with an enquiry from Barry, who had heard of possible Roman remains called Kalamyda, close to Paleochora, did I know anything about
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  • Signs

    Kantanos Churches Walk

    Ascension of Christ Last year's Christmas Puzzle (see 'Explore' – Dec 2017) featured several churches in our local villages, among them in
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  • Homeward bound aboard the Samaria

    Papadiana to Sougia

    It's July in Crete, very hot, and only …. “ Mad fools and Englishmen go out in the midday sun “ Unless of course, someone recommends a walk
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  • Pachnes from Xyloscala

    Kallergi Mountain Refuge

    Pachnes from Xyloscala   Whilst the ascent of Gingilos, 1,974m, is a reasonably straightforward ascent from Xyloscala * (see Explore !
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  • View to Sougia

    Tripiti – Sougia On The E4 Path

    View to Sougia As promised last November, here's another section of the E4 path through Crete, and to complement the walk from Tripiti to Agia
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  • Wild flowers

    A Spring Walk Around Moustakos

      There are several requirements necessary for a consummate Spring walk in Crete. Wild flowers of course, with sweet-scented blossom
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  • Thunder Cove

    E4 path – Lissos to Paleochora

    Except for the perennially popular Samaria Gorge, the most walked route in our area is the section of the E4 long-distance path from Sougia
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  • Strati Waterfall

    Chasing Paleochora Waterfalls

    It's debatable whether summer or winter is the best time to see waterfalls. In summer, if there's a shady pool below a fall, it's invigorating
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  • Shepherd's tools

    A Little Further Above Kantanos

    There are those who can study maps for hours on end, looking at paths and trails crossing ridges, reaching mountain summits and descending
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  • Ag Nikolaus Strati

    Paleochora Christmas Puzzle 2017

    Welcome to the 100th. Explore! article (more about this right at the end). It is fitting that this milestone falls in December, as loyal readers
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