Crete and Amalfi: Two spectacular destinations

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June 2nd 2017
Published: June 2nd 2017
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Our travels focused on the west and SW of Crete: Chania, Sougia and Loutro

Chania has an old city centre which although quite touristy, has a real charm. It was our introduction to the island with some great, and inexpensive, food. We then headed to the southern coast to enjoy some strenuous walking. Samaria is a 16 km gorge which ends on the coast. Several other hikes were coastal paths, parts of E4, with panoramic views along the coast. Sometimes the walks ended with a swim and a boat ride back to the start. At Marmara beach, when the rain had set in, the local taverna owner invited us all into the kitchen out of the rain and turned up the music! Hilarious! With beers and Raki too!

Loutro was a really delightful, boat access only village. Our apartment had views over the small harbour, all for Euros 59 per night!

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Then it was on to Italy to the Amalfi coast which has to be one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. The views are breathtaking. We spent 4 days on the coast then 3 days high above Positano in a pedestrian only village, Nocelle which is on The Path Of The Gods. The highlights were: walking Valle Delle Ferriere (the hard trail) and the Path of The Gods. Also a boat trip which took us to swim in some caves along from Positano. They were like swimming in a blue-lit fish tank. A bit spooky but fabulous!

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