Omalos, Crete

Lefká Óri

Lefká Óri

The Beach at Soúgia

The Beach at Soúgia

In the beginning of March, took a little trip up into the mountains on Crete to the Omalos Plateau in the White Mountains (Lefká Óri in Greek).  There isn’t much on this plateau, at an altitude of 1100m, but it is the head of the trail through the Samariá Gorge (one of the longest gorges in Europe).  The gorge itself, is 13km long, with the entire hike from start to end, being around 16km.  It is a goal of mine to hike this someday, however, during the winter the gorge is closed.  In your mind, you might be thinking Crete, in the Mediterranean, would be a nice warm place…  In reality, it actually cools off quite a bit during the winter, down to the 60’s.  The mountain ranges are even covered with snow!  Our visit to Omalos this day, was to go see the mountains.  You can do some hiking, but not much.  After viewing the mountains, we continued on to the south side of the island to the town of Soúgia.  A little town, mostly closed down for the winter, it wasn’t very impressing, but the pebble beach was pretty and a welcome little stop, before heading back to Chania.

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