Sougia to Lissos, Crete, Greece, 17 October 2018.
(Click on any image to see it in a larger size, if you are on a PC or tablet at least.)
This post covers a walk from the village of Sougia, on the south west coast of Crete, to the site of the ancient Roman town of Lissos in a neighbouring valley, taking about 90 minutes.
There’s been a gap in posts while I have been in Far North Queensland. I will finish posting on Crete with seven to nine posts on Western Crete, plus a few mono posts of Crete. There will also be a live music post in the middle of those. The rest of that trip (to Andalusia, Barcelona, Oregon and Washington) will then have to wait while I cover the trip to Far North Queensland.
This is from the western end of the beach at Sougia. If you click for a larger image, you will be able to see the umbrellas at the far end of the beach.
There is also a World War II gun emplacement and a rusted anchor.
A small church set back from the beach.
The tiny harbour of Sougia. There must have been a harbour here for thousands of years.
Another miniature roadside shrine. This one has a photograph of the person it is dedicated to. In view of the location he was likely lost at sea.
We have now started on the walk to Lissos.
Here is an abridged description of the walk from the site sougia.info:
“The walk starts at the harbour of Sougia. Whilst passing there, note the ancient water line which is clearly visible in the cliff, about 7 meters above the present sea level. This sudden elevation happened about 1500 years ago in western Crete.” (Note: you can see that waterline behind the harbour in the earlier image.)
“At the entrance of the small gorge, a fence must be opened (& closed afterwards) and after clambering over a smooth rock you get on the path leading to Lissos. After following the path in the shade of pine trees for about half an hour you will pass an impressive smooth cliff overhanging the trail. Ten minutes later the path veers off to the left and starts climbing up the hill. The good path up the hills then leads through old pine trees to a treeless plateau with good views all around. After ten more minutes walking straight towards the West you arrive at a steep drop with beautiful views of Lissos. Lissos is like a bowl of vegetation fields and terraces leading to the sea.”
Some of the trees grow in unlikely places.
(Most of the images in this post require no description).
This is not a wild goat. He has a collar.
We are now overlooking the mouth of the valley where Lissos is. Perhaps you may need to click on the image for a larger view but Panagaia Chapel is in the middle near the sea and a small boat is behind it, offering a passenger service. We discover we may not need to walk back. The chapel is made using materials recycled from the ancient Roman town and has several carved marble blocks in its walls.
Walks like this are such a treat.
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Yes a wonderful walk. I also had a longer one in mind but there wasn’t enough time.
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