Walking Holidays in Greece - Crete - Crete - Bays & Coves


Crete - Bays & Coves - Multi-Centred
Holiday Highlights
  • Gaze at the spectacular contrasting scenery of this unspoilt island
  • Embark on a challenge with some high-level walking in the striking White Mountains
  • Visit the renowned Samaria Gorge and delight in plenty of relaxing swimming opportunities


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The Island

Western Crete has long been a favourite destination for British walkers with many returning year after year to savour this very unspoilt part of the island. The region offers spectacular contrasting scenery. The White Mountains dotted with remote mountain villages rise to over 2400m providing some challenging walks for the experienced. Radiating from these mountains are numerous gorges running down to the sea, theWalking in South West Crete, Greece most renowned being the Samaria Gorge and many lesser known gorges to explore.Undoubtedly the sea is one of Crete’s main attributes and coastal paths are enhanced by the Libyan Sea with shades of blue extending from the clearest pale turquoise to deep indigo blue. It’s a destination where the people are as pleasant as the weather and the delicious locally produced foods (a haven for vegetarians by the way).


The Two Centres

In the far South West corner of Crete, we have chosen two bases for this holiday.  For the first part of the week you stay in Paleochora with a choice of two hotels.  Paleochora is a delightful village which straddles a narrow peninsular linking two beautiful bays. One side has a quiet sandy beach and the other rockier side offers endless views of the folds of mountains along the coast.  The ferry comes and goes and the emphasis of Paleochora’s slow pace of life is on taking a coffee and pastry in one of the many coffee houses or to enjoy the delicious Cretan cuisine of fresh fish, local cheeses, vegetables and honey in a shady taverna. The village provides a refreshing and relaxing base at the end of a days’ walking.  For the second part of your stay, you will be based in the stunning bay of Loutro – a perfect cove with whitewashed houses and tavernas overlooked by a ruined castle.  Loutro is only accessible by boat or on foot giving it a special atmosphere. In Paleochora there is a choice of accommodation and we can add extra nights at either base.

Self-Guided Walking

In the first part of the week you will walk in the surrounding, lush hills of Paleochora carpeted in Springtime with wild flowers and deliciously scented herbs or, explore some of the coastal paths winding their way between turquoise bays and shady gorges including the famous Samaria Gorge. All are accessible by a reliable bus, ferry or water taxi.  You will then transfer with your luggage by boat to Loutro and from here there are further gorges and coastal paths to walk to including the stunning Sweetwater Bay with its fresh water springs.  All walks from Loutro are accessible by boat or directly from the hotel. Paths are well marked although often stony underfoot and some routes require an element of scrambling. 

Much of the region is remote and sparsely populated so we would not recommend walking alone. 


Walk Grading

Self Guided - Easy Moderate & Challenging

On The Rocks

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On the Rocks offers its guests a quiet and calming place to stay on the eastern side of the Paleochora peninsular. Set by the rocky waters edge, stunning views can be enjoyed from all rooms and from the colonial style terrace furnished with comfortable wicker sofas and armchairs.

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Aparthotel Finikas

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Aparthotel Finikas offers simple and quiet apartment accommodation set in lush gardens close to the beach and village centre of Paleochora. Apartments are well sized with veranda, bathroom and kitchenette with fridge and tea making facilities.

Family owned, your welcome will be warm and friendly and service efficient. An evening aperitif and excellent breakfast can be enjoyed in the attached typically Cretan coffee house and dinner in a local taverna.

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Hotel Porto Loutro

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The Porto Loutro is a charming, typically Cretan styled small hotel with accommodation in two buildings. Porto Loutro 1 is in the centre of the Bay with the sea just a few steps away, while Porto Loutro 2 is just a few minutes walks away and is perched on the side of the cove with beautiful views of the whole Bay.

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Availability Information

Walking can be enjoyed for most of the year in south west Crete with the landscape at its best from February to June for wild flower and bird enthusiasts.  October and November is perfect as the harsh summer light mellows to misty warmth with snow capping the distant White Mountains. From June to September, although much hotter, with a little caution and frequent swims in the crystal clear sea walking is still feasible. Ferry boats are less frequent from the end of October to Easter.

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