Crete 3 - South Coast & Samaria Gorge
On the Southern Coast of  Crete are some of the most picturesque spots in Greece. Under the
 thrall of the mighty Lefka Ori Mountains (White Mts), the villages of Paleohora, Sougia, Agia Roumeli,
Loutro and Chora Sfakion,
mostly only accessible by boat or a mind-numbing bus trip, cling to the coastline.
Agia Roumeli is the jumping off point for the southern hike to the 'Gates' of the amazing Gorge of Samaria, a
truly awesome adventure.  Loutro offers a lovely R&R spot after your exertions, and Chora Sfakion provides
the link back to Chania. Chora Sfakion  is of significance to World War 2 historians, for the same little quay
saw the embarkation and rescue of Allied troops during the invasion of Crete.


3300 Paleohora, south coast, Crete P1080529.JPG

3301 Paleohora beach, south coast, Crete P1080531.JPG

3302 Paleohora paralia (waterfront) south coast, Crete P1080542.JPG

3303 Paleohora, south coast, Crete P1080555.JPG

3304 Paleohora, south coast, Crete P1080556.JPG

3305 The beach, Paleohora, south coast, Crete P1080568.JPG

3306 Relax, Paleohora, south coast, Crete P1080603.JPG

3307 Waterfront tavernas, Paleohora, Crete P1080546.JPG

3308 Dusk, Waterfront, Paleohora, Crete P1080553.JPG

3309 Time for Popcorn, Paleohora, Crete P1080609.JPG

3310 Paleohora, dusk, Crete P1080554.JPG

3311 Neptune - the ferry from Paleohora, Crete P1080534.JPG

3312 Loading Neptune, Paleohora, Crete. P1080597.JPG

3313 Sparkling sea, south coast, Crete P1080567.JPG

3314 The quay, Sougia, south coast, Crete P1080613.JPG

3315 Sougia, south coast, Crete P1080621.JPG

3316 South coast, Crete P1080626.JPG

3317 Agia Roumeli, south coast, Crete P1080996.JPG

3318 Agia Roumeli, south coast, Crete P1080977.JPG

3319 Agia Roumeli, south coast, Crete P1080979.JPG

3320 Agia Roumeli, south coast, Crete P1080987.JPG

3321 Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080989.JPG

3322 Hotel Gigilos, Agia Roumeli, Crete P1030505.JPG

3323 Hills behind Agia Roumeli, castle and church, Crete P1080998.JPG

3324 Castle ruin, Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080642.JPG

3325 Old church, Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080661.JPG

3326 Unique church, near Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080667.JPG

3327 Ruined building, Old Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080684.JPG

3328  Ruined building, Old Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080685.JPG

3329  Ruined building, Old Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080951.JPG

3330 Church, Old Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080676.JPG

3331 Beehives, Old Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080681.JPG

3332 Beginning of Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1030498.JPG

3333 Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080940.JPG

3334 Bridge, Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080700.JPG

3335 Bridge, Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080707.JPG

3336 Bridge, Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080755.JPG

3337 Bridge, Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080850.JPG

3338 Donkeys crossing, Samaria Gorge track, Crete  P1030473.JPG

3338a Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1030437.JPG

3339 Real bridges, Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080931.JPG

3340 Real bridge, Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080717.JPG

3341 Real bridge, Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080934.JPG

3342 Climbing the Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080819.JPG

3343 Climbing the Samaria Gorge track, Crete P1080824.JPG

3344 The Samaria gorge track, Crete P1080853.JPG

3345 Rock striations, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080796.JPG

3346 Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080888.JPG

3347 Samaria Gorge, Crete P1030419.JPG

3348 Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080783.JPG

3349 Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080852.JPG

3350 Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080787.JPG

3351 Samaria Gorge, Crete P1030449.JPG

3352 Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080794.JPG

3353 The Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080799.JPG

3354 The Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080803.JPG

3355 The Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080876.JPG

3356 The Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080878.JPG

3357 The Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080882.JPG

3358 The Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080887.JPG

3359 The Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080892.JPG

3360 The Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080895.JPG

3361 The Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete P1080899.JPG

3362 Gorge trekkers ferrying out, Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080643.JPG

3363 Gorge trekkers ferrying out, Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080974.JPG

3364 Leaving Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080990.JPG

3365 Leaving Agia Roumeli, Crete P1080651.JPG

3366 Leaving Agia Roumeli, Crete P1030516.JPG

3367 Sea and sky, southern Crete P1080999.JPG

3368 Lefka Ori Mountains, southern Crete  P1030549.JPG

3369 Loutro, southern Crete P1030299.JPG

3370 Loutro, southern Crete P1090044.JPG

3371 The quay, Loutro, Crete P1090066.JPG

3372 The waterfront, Loutro, Crete P1030528.JPG

3373 Waterfront tavernas, Loutro, Crete P1090037.JPG

3374 Waterfront tavernas, Loutro, Crete P1090147.JPG

3375 Waterfront tavernas, Loutro, Crete P1090016.JPG

3376 Waterfront tavernas, Loutro, Crete P1090129.JPG

3377 Best table, Loutro, Crete P1090122.JPG

3378 View from taverna, Loutro, Crete P1090096.JPG

3379 Diary, Loutro, Crete P1090132.JPG

3380 View, Loutro, Crete P1090140.JPG

3381 Loutro, Crete P1090030.JPG

3382 Loutro, Crete P1090034.JPG

3383 Loutro, Crete P1090035.JPG

3384 Canoeists, Loutro, Crete P1090012.JPG

3385 Tame Parrot, Loutro, Crete P1090023.JPG

3386 Ruined castle and rocky coast, Loutro, Crete P1090046.JPG

3387 Ruined castle, Loutro, Crete P1090053.JPG

3388 Loutro from the ruined castle, Crete P1090060.JPG

3389 Leaving Loutro, Crete P1090074.JPG

3390 Approaching Chora Sfakion, Southern Crete P1090171.JPG

3391 Chora Sfakion, Crete P1030536.JPG

3392 Chora Sfakion, Crete P1090172.JPG

3393 Chora Sfakion and WW2 Embarkation Quay, Crete P1030291.JPG

3394 Harbour, Chora Sfakion, Crete P1030271.JPG

3395 The Quay - WW2 Embarkation, Chora Sfakion, Crete P1030287.JPG

3396 The Quay - WW2 Embarkation, Chora Sfakion, Crete P1090176.JPG

3397 The Quay - WW2 Embarkation, Chora Sfakion, Crete P1090174.JPG

3398 Pebble beach, Southern Crete P1080653.JPG

3399 Sunset, Southern Crete P1030285.JPG

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