Ramblers who enjoy walking with the sun on their back in spectacular scenery would enjoy walking in Crete. We had a week there in mid October 2015. Temperatures around the mid 20s C. No rain! (It does rain in Crete in October...we were lucky).
We had been recommended to book with Footscapes of Crete.
It is based about 10 miles south of Rethymnon on the north coast, on a hill above the picturesque village of Kastellos. We rented a car, but did little mileage. The package consists of 3 self-catering studios with the option of guided and self-guided walking. We ate in the local taverna. Great food and never paid more than 20 Euros for a meal for 2, with wine and a free lift back to Footscapes from mine host!
One walk takes in the amazing Late Minoan Cemetery at Armeni.
These walks were around 9-10 miles long with 2000-2500 feet ascent and descent. Paths and tracks were generally good but rocky with step ascents and descents.
Although Footscapes has the E4 European walking route going past its front door, the waymarking of paths was generally not great, so we found it very helpful to walk with Jeroen
We did 3 guided walks led by Jeroen, the joint owner of Footscapes. These involved half an hour’s travelling to the start of the walk. (Jeroen’s wife Ria puts together a wonderful optional packed lunch).
He also was very informative about the area, its culture and history
One walk took us past several old and remote chapels with fresco-covered walls . . . and bats in a couple of cases.
On two of our walks we were joined by two Dutch walkers.
One of these walks followed a river gorge down to the south coast and the Libyan Sea, where Christine swam.
The final walk took in the awesome Kato Poros and Moundros Gorges. This was a truly memorable experience.
Walking in Kato Poros was not easy, but the views made it more than worthwhile.
And as we came towards the end of the Moundros Gorge we were treated to the site of 8-10 Griffon Vultures using the thermals above our heads.
Without doubt, this was some of the best walking holiday experiences that we have had, and there is a lot more to do! (We’re told that the spring flowers are beautiful)