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Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos October 2nd 2022

Le bateau part du port de Kissamos (Kavonissi) pour Gramvoussa et le lagon de Balos sur la partie nord-ouest de la Crète. Gramvoussa et Balos sont des habitats Refuges fauniques, inclus dans l'initiative européenne ΝΑΤURΑ 2000. En raison de la préservation de son environnement naturel, il n'y a pas de routes dans ces zones, Nous partons du port de Kissamos et nous naviguerons pendant environ une heure dans la baie du même nom, avec en toile de fond des falaises abruptes et des rochers, des plages isolées incroyables et le bleu infini de la mer. Nous aurons la chance d’admirer une grande grotte qui abritait un ancien chantier naval. Au bout de la baie, on observe un phénomène géologique impressionnant. Au fil du temps, le côté ouest de la Crète s’élève tandis que le côté est ... read more
dans le golf  de Kissamos
Nous ferons le tour de la péninsule de Gramvoussa
un bleu bien spécifique à la Crête

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos September 27th 2022

Du Nord au Sud et du Sud au Nord, nous en avons pris l’habitude… mais heureusement il y a aussi l’Est et l’Ouest… et dans ce blog si bien nous vous mènerons du Sud au Nord, nous retournerons vers le Sud, mais cette fois vers l’extrême Sud Ouest… n’en perdez pas votre latin, mais munissez-vous d’une boussole… C’est ainsi que nous quitterons Chora Sfakion pour passer par les Gorges de Nibrou. Ces gorges sont toujours très impressionnantes car profondes… mieux vaut tenir sa route… et ne louper aucun tournant… Aujourd’hui, le temps a bien changé… le brouillard s’installe mais heureusement au tournant d’une montagne, nous retrouverons le ciel bleu et son soleil ! Passons par Chania, ce qui n’est pas une bonne idée… nous pensions y faire un petit arrêt vu que nous connaissons, mais impossible ... read more
la Grèce
La baie de Gramvoussa
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos May 13th 2018

Reminder: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Friday 11th May: a rather overcast day so we didn’t want to head directly to the beaches and instead went to one of our favourite places near Kissamos; the ancient site of Polyrinnia. It’s only 7 kms out of town and, even better, if one follows the road sign in the centre of Kissamos Polyrinnia is at the end of the road: no satnav required. Sadly, the cafe at the archaeological site wasn’t open so after we had climbed up to the acropolis and back we had to go elsewhere for lunch. We drove ... read more
Polyrinnia
Polyrinnia  view south to Siri Kari Gorge
Polyrinnia view north to Kissamos

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos September 13th 2017

Note: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/10 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer, image. You can return to the text anytime. Wednesday 13th September: off to Paleochora on the south coast of the island. An easy 28 mile journey through the mountains; via the spectacular Topolia Gorge where the road is reduced to a single lane tunnel along the wall of the gorge. This time the traffic light control system wasn't working so access to the single lane section was manually directed. Then we went up and over a ... read more
Topolia Gorge
On the road to Paleochora
Big waves at Paleochora

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos September 11th 2017

Note: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/10 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer, image. You can return to the text anytime. Sunday 10th September 2017: up before the crack of dawn, 2.30 am to be precise, in order to ensure that we arrived at Bristol Airport well in time to catch our flight to Chania at 06.30. One slight hiccup en route when we took the slip road off the M4 to get onto the M49 only to find a police car blocking the access to the M49. We ... read more
Falasarna panorama
Falasarna
Falasarna, lunch with a view

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos April 22nd 2017

Note: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary. Also, if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged image and you will be transferred to the photo gallery where you can scroll through all the photos. You can return to the text anytime. Tuesday 18th April, our last full day in the Kissamos area. As we didn't want to travel too far and, also, to get some exercise we decided to walk part of the Topolia Gorge and to have a look at the cave shrine close to the southern entrance of the Gorge. It was less than 10 miles from our hotel to the Gorge and we stopped to take some photos at a car park near the northern entrance of the single ... read more
Topolia Gorge
Topolia Gorge
Topolia Gorge from the Cave of God's Wisdom

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos April 17th 2017

The panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/10 seconds and give a clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are lots more photos below the text if you want to skip the boring diary details. Also, if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer, image. You can return to the text anytime Saturday 15th April: A quiet morning and we went for lunch at the local fishing port just a few hundred yards from our hotel. Delicious seafood in the open air on the jetty of the pretty little harbour. In the afternoon we decided to go somewhere close that we had been before and knew to be good: Polyrinia a Dorian and Byzantine citadel only 7 kms from Kissamos that ... read more
Kissamos Fishing Harbour
Kissamos to Polyrinia
Polyrinia from below

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos September 30th 2016

Nukuin katkonaisesti, mutta riittävästi. Näin aamulla Merkuriuksen ennen auringonnousua. Kävimme pääkadulla aamiaisella. Vuokra-auto tuli aamulla. Ajettiin länteen Kissamoksen pikkukaupunkiin. Syötiin siellä lounas (otin kesäkurpitsalaatikkoa) ja käytiin museossa. Plataniaksessa ehdittiin käydä vielä meressä uimassa. Vesi oli lämmintä. Kävimme syömässä illalla yläkaupungissa. Kun Jukka oli valittanut autosta vuokraamoon, sieltä otettiin yhteyttä, ja meille tuotiin illalla toinen, punainen auto.... read more
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos September 17th 2012

Following yesterday's rain, they said it would be nice today. At least the heavy rain overnight had cleared the air leaving the early morning sunny. Today's trip would take me off-piste, away from the tourists and certainly away from the guidebook. I was planning to step back in time by about 5000 years! The start of my time travel was the Bus Station. The bus, when it came, was a result of the 2000 Athens Olympics, so I had now travelled back 12 years. Twenty minutes after boarding the bus, I alighted in a little village called Koleni. There was little there and now, I had travelled back a good few years more! With the petrol station to my back, I took a track through the olive trees and, in the hot morning sun, reached the ... read more
Koleni
Roka: Minoan House Foundations
Roka

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos September 16th 2012

After yesterday's long day, this morning was spent taking in the sights and sites of Kastelli, culminating with a lovely lunch in the main square. Satiated, I took a taxi up to Kioliana from where I would embark on a walk through the Sirikari Gorge. Watching the taxi disappear, I looked around at the solitude of the environment and started walking along the road from the village towards the footpath visible across the valley, winding up to a small col behind a rocky outcrop. Maintenance work had recently been done on the footpath and it was now loose stone. This made the climb more difficult but at least it was cool compared with the previous days. Reaching the top, I passed through a couple of gates before beginning the descent towards the little village of Sirikari. ... read more
The Swimming Pool
Dark Clouds Gather
Polyrinnia and the Chapel of the 99 Saints




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