Mountain Pelion offers a range of hiking trails and stone paths. Many of them were built centuries ago and they served as a connection between the villages. They lead the traveler to springs, coves and numerous wonderful beaches.
Walking in such paths makes you feel alive.
You hear your footsteps on the dry tree leaves. You smell the nature’s breath. You drink the crystal clear, cold water from the springs. You look around and try to soak in all the beauty. You touch the unspoilt wood, the hard rock.
In some parts the stone paths of Tsagkarada brought to mind a fairytale land.
Pelion has actually been a fairytale land, as it is mentioned in Greek mythology as the homeland of the Centaurs, a tribe of half-man, half-horse beings.
The sunbeams intertwine in between the branches, the breeze brings the waves of the sea into the woods and I wish never to get to the end of the path.
Haven’t had the time (and the will) to create a fresh post for long time now. I couldn’t get myself to sit down in front of the screen, I guess. Anyway, enough with self-pity.
This time it’s all about Cretan nature again!
Last Sunday, I participated in a hike that took place near Heraklion and it was an open invitation to families, kids and people that haven’t tried hiking before.
Roughly, the path we followed took us from Knossos, an ancient site of the Minoan civilization, to Archanes, a village 15 km south of Heraklion.
Major part of the path and our goal, let’s say, was to walk through Knosano Gorge (http://www.cretanbeaches.com/en/gorges-and-canyons-in-crete/central-crete-gorges-heraklion/knossano-gorge).
Some parts were a bit steeper and harder to walk on, but we were constantly compensated by the beautiful scenery of vineyards drenched in the sun!
Another quite memorable image was this old aqueduct dating back to the times of Venetian occupation in Crete. It is still standing there for the lucky ones to pass by it.
Almost reaching Archanes, I stopped and stared at a lonely little church in the distance. For a moment, this picture felt utterly Greek. It is my favorite one from the day.
Oh, such a perfect day.
On one of the few sunny days of these summer, we headed to a small village nearby.
Walking under such an amazing sky and looking at the distant horizon was a real pleasure. The fluffy clouds felt almost palpable and the blue colour was infinite.
That day we had the chance to relax from top to…bottom! Walking barefoot on a trail made of different natural materials was a really refreshing experience. It helped us “switch off”, calm down and enjoy the surroundings.