In April we’re off on our travels again, walking across Crete West to East. Sometimes we’ll follow the E4 European trail, but with our own variations. Check out our facebook page to get updates from the trail – and to see more news about hiking in Greece.
Facebook postsGreek hiking2 days agoI'm looking forward to exploring some of the new routes from the Peloponnese Way this summer http://thepeloponneseway.com/. One of the special delights of this area are the Byzantine monasteries and tiny churches throughout the area. Many are open and with lovely frescoes. Good place to shelter too, if the weather breaks.Greek hiking6 days agoGreat to see the new Cicerone guide to the Pindos and Peloponnese Ways is now out. Tim has a lifetime of experience hiking in the Pindos, and amazing dedication to keeping the ancient paths open, machete in hand! I hope the book encourages lots more people to discover these wonderful mountains.
Category Archives: Konitsa to Metsovo
Finding a good campsite is always a bit of a gamble. You want somewhere flat, of course, so you don’t keep sliding downhill all night. It needs to be close to water for cooking and washing. It needs to be … Continue reading
It was an idyllic morning, with bright sunshine once again. As we drank our breakfast coffee, we could make out two deer very faintly on the far promontory. The cuckoo, whose call had accompanied us since Florina, was already hard at … Continue reading
The typical Greek mountain refuge is locked, barred and vandal-proof, and only opens for groups. If you’re lucky, there may be a verandah for shelter in bad weather, and there’s usually a water source and a spectacular view. The Astrakas … Continue reading
The Astrakas refuge marked the start of very different country. We were now in the Zagoria , tourist territory, flagged up in the guide books, with information on what to see and where to stay. The footpaths had been well-waymarked ever … Continue reading
The Klima Springs were idyllic as a menthol cigarette ad: white rocks, clear green pools, pebble beaches and shade from the willow trees. We put two cans of coke in the stream to cool for lunch, and settled down for … Continue reading
Pinned to a tree on the cobbled path below Vitsa was a piece of paper. Coming closer, I could see it was a poem. This is a rough translation. It wasn’t just the violence of the war and the civil … Continue reading
Suddenly, it was summer. As we came down from the rocky saddle into Tsepelovo, the owners of the first house in the village had just arrived and were hanging blankets and rugs out to air. Later, we saw the husband … Continue reading
It had been a long day, and we were setting up the tent amidst orchids in a meadow just below the track. Our food supplies were running low, as we hadn’t found a proper shop since Konitsa, over a week … Continue reading
In our room in Vovousa, there were posters of Bear River (Arkoudhorema), with beautiful waterfalls – and bears, of course. But we’d been told by some of the Gamila hikers that the bridge further up had been washed away, and … Continue reading