Spending a day at this place was a blast! We started our hiking early in the morning, the day was not hot at all, so it was the perfect hike! The path is really easy and distinct, however it is a stone path so you can not walk as fast as you might like. The path begins with the amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea hidden behind the hills. As we were climbing down we start immersing ourselves into the wild Cretan nature.
At the beginning of the trail you will find a big cave where St. John the Hermit lived as a monk at the end of the 15th century.
We continued our hike for about 40 minutes (OK, maybe it was more because we had to stop every 5 minutes to take a photo!) and we found ourselves in this medieval monastery.
The monastery was abandoned in the 18th century. Even though all that’s left are some ruins from an old monastery, you can definitely feel the small-scale society once lived there. The small monastic cells that the monks were sleeping, the place where they were cooking, their bathroom, their big yard..
You will be amazed from the small church that is build in a cavity of a huge rock! It seems like the earth gave birth to this old church.
You need to take some time and enjoy this moment, grab a snack and relax your body. Take as many photos as you can! Luckily for us, the sun wasn’t strong and the light was perfect to photograph the nature. As we are not professional photographers, we use our phones, however the outcome was amazing! You don’t need special skills to capture this beautiful nature!
Could you make it to the end?
The path continues through a beautiful small gorge and ends up to a rocky beach. If you try to take this hike during summer, you should start early in the morning, when the sun is not strong. Take a lot of water with you, wear you hat and sunblock and prepare yourself to get a lot of sun, since there aren’t any trees or plants during the route. When you will be at the monastery, take a rest. Then decide if you are able to walk the path through the end and check if your have enough water for your way back. If you are not used to hot weather maybe it’s not a good idea to make it through the beach. However, if you are an expert hiker and you’ve brought with you the essentials (plenty of water, sun protection etc) then go for it!
We did this day trip in November and the weather was not hot at all, so it was easy to climb down to the sea and get all the way back. We also carried with us our food and water in our backpacks. We love gorges, so being in a gorge was a great experience for us. The view at the end of the path was breathtaking!
A really magical beach
In this isolated beach you will find the remains of an old tiny port that was build by the monks. There are also some ruins of an old quarry by the sea. Most of all you will be amazed by the crystal clear water and the serenity that you will find on this special place in Crete.
On our way back we took a shortcut which saved us some time and gave us the opportunity to enjoy the sea view from a different perspective. However, we wouldn’t recommend this shortcut, unless you have some basic rock climbing skills and you are prepared to used your hands to climb. If you are this kind of person, you will definitely enjoy this little adventure!
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