Greece, Crete: Trip to the Largest Greek Island IV
In Rethymno we have already spent a lot of time. We saw something of its historic heritage, even if there is yet much more to see. We just randomly mention some of them.
Neratzes Mosque is probably more impressive than the one you can find in the Venetian fortress. Neratzes was built in 1657 and boasts with a triple dome. Today, however, it does not serve religious purposes. If you, unlike us, have more time for Rethymno, it is worth visiting as it houses the conservatory and concert hall.
During walks through crooked and narrow streets of Rethymno one might encounter a larger space (which by the way is a pastry shop near Mona Liza). The fact that you go around an object that has a greater significance, is identified by a crowd of tourists. Once it will break up, or at least thin out, you will see Rimondi’s Fountain , which was built in 1626 by the municipal administrator of Alvise Rimondi. It comes from the Venetian period. The hallmark of the fountains are three lion heads, from which water flows into the tank. Among the heads are standing Corinthian columns. Above the fountain was originally located a dome, yet only a small part remained.
On the way to the south of the historic core of the city one might go through Port Guorou . It is an arched stone gateway that is today a memory of the mighty bulwark of the Venetians. If you continue south from the gate, after a while you come across a city park (near which a number of buses have a stop). It is a nice place to rest from the heat and streets crowded by other tourists.
Today we say goodbye to Rhetymno. We will continue to southwest into perhaps the most impressive part of the Cretan nature, which is characterized by gorges. The most famous is naturally Samaria , which is also the longest. Noteworthy, however, is also a long gorge Trypiti at Mount Gigilos. Trypiti is less busy with tourists. But it has its reason. It is very difficult to hike, the trail is hard to recognize and there are a few especially difficult passages to overcome. Someone recommends to spent at least two days at the gorge.
The Eligas gorge is located very close to the east part of Samaria. It's "undiscovered" as Trypiti, but much safer. In Eligasu grow beautiful trees, admiring the high cliffs and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. As if this canyon Trypiti i would deserve at least a two-day hike. In this case, it is mostly due to the fact that the entrance is located at the foot stink. Arriving from there to the nearest road will cost at least five hours of walking..
But we continue into Samaria. Our Cretan bus driver overcomes the narrow road and I often wondered if we fall down.
In the next article we visit Samaria.
Text/photo: Maxim Kucer
On this day, we planned to make a short trip to the Lefka Ori mountains. Bad weather prevented us from going there. Therefore, we decided to travel to Moni Preveli monastery instead.
Based on Hippocrates the present Hippocratic oath was formed. Right in a shop I buy a papyrus with full oath in Czech!
I go up a moderate hill to reach Asklepion where Hippocrates had his “office”. How Asklepios became a god? It was like this: Appollo, a god of health, wanted to teach his son Asklepios. He perfected heiling powers and thus became the god of medicine.
There was a large testing staircase in the center of Asklepion. To ensure good reputation of the hospital, the patients were supposed to walk up the stairs to the sanctuary without any help. If some died, they removed his body quietly in the night so nobody would see it...
One of the most popular holiday resorts in recent years has been Greek island of Samos, the birthplace of famous Pythagoras. What reason stands behind large numbers of tourists coming there between June and first half of September? There are actually couple of them!
Today we visit Greece's forgotten corner.
Last time, we wandered around the best beaches you can find near Thessaloniki. Unfortunately, these are not as close for you to reach it on foot. However, beautiful environment should do.
Last Friday, we visited an underground museum that is, honestly, not very interesting except for being underground. Today, our trip goes to other, more interesting museums.
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The longest European gorge of Samaria was another point of interest. The Samaria is located in Crete’s western half. The gorge is in the middle of the White Mountains (in Greek Lefka Ori). The gorge became a national park in 1962 when the inhabitants of Samaria village was displaced. It was situated in the middle of the gorge. Also, the gorge is a world biosphere reserve.
Today we travel to Greek island of Kos. I met there Iva, a nice Czech, so we travel together. On the ship are all kinds of nationalities – French, Italians, Germans, English, Hungarians and us, Czechs! It is funny that I understand almost everyone yet they don’t have a clue. Our journey is pleasant. It takes around 50 minutes.
In today’s article we say farewell to Crete. This farewell is will be more in historc manner for we visit the most important landmark in the island – the palace of Knossos.
Last week we have lured to you to our trip to Crete. This hilly island hides many things, no healthy tourist would miss that. Today we will take a look on one of the largest cities of Crete, Rethymno. First, we will talk about local cuisine. Next week will visit some landmarks.
After unveiling gourmet side of the Cretan city rise from the comfortable sitting in one of the local restaurants and we will explore the historical legacy left by several millennia of human habitation.
We left Rethymno. It slowly fades behind us. We travel towards Cretan nature in the Samaria gorge.
After Samaria we move today to Agios Nikolaos.
Last look at Agios Nikolaos and a trip to Spinalonga.
After several articles on London we jump across Europe to the Mediterranean, actually to the east part of the sea. Today we will have a taste of sun after rains of London, and warm waters of the Sea of Crete.
Kos is one of many Greek islands. It is a popular destination not only for Czech tourists. It is located in the Aegean Sea near the Turkis shores near the Bay of Koss. It is a small island – it is 45 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide. The shore is 112 kilometers long.
The city with cultural traditions, with known rhetorical school (attended by Cicero and Caesar) and the famous sculptural school. Ever since its foundation (408 BC) the capital of the island is Rhodos, lies in whose northern tip.
Local people don´t call the island other way than tell Zante. This home of giant tortoises, not about a typical Greek island with countless historical monuments, but if you will go there, you spend nice a very pleasant holiday, at which you will surely like to remember.
In the first part of our journey across the island of Zakynthos, I suggested that this place is indeed an ideal holiday destination, but there are not too many attractions. It is waste to invite every lovers of ancient architecture, because frequent earthquakes destroyed everything in the past, what could be kept from the time of Homer.
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