You’re thinking of a trip to Crete for the summer? Instead, why not visit Crete during the spring? Thanks to its mild and pleasant temperatures, along with the ability to manage transport times, exceptional food and reduced accommodation rates this is the perfect destination for a crowd-free escape. Explore the beautiful landscapes illuminated with blossoming wildflowers and blossoming trees on display, against the background of the snow-capped White Mountains. A perfect weekend getaway take a look at the Arosmari Village Hotel just outside Vamos the quiet old-fashioned village? The hotel is comprised of a carefully restored wood and stone structures, offering the ideal setting for a peaceful getaway.
Accommodation at this location includes well-appointed rooms with wood-beamed ceilings as well as shady patios. Its magnificent garden, which is filled with lavender and roses and a beautiful chapel, as well as an impressive stone shepherd’s home. An abundant swimming pool is present as well, but even more marvelous than that are the hidden spots throughout the gardens, where chaise loungers can be found under lemon and orange trees. After a long day of guided exploration, one can spend the afternoon relaxing in the tranquil spot. In the mornings, guests can enjoy the most delicious breakfast, which is followed by a selection of moderately challenging trails that are led by the local guide Jonathan Peat.
I am in awe of the lushly adorned plateau of Megala Chorafia near the Minoan city of Aptera; this is undoubtedly my preferred walk of the week. It offers stunning views over the Mediterranean in addition to stunning archaeological ruins. But, I’m equally amazed by the lush vegetation below my feet, including Jerusalem and blue pimpernels and small wild orchids. At times it seems as if I am meandering through huge salad bowls, and when I stroll through the lush meadows that run along the ancient pathways Jonathan adds to our enjoyment with details of the area and guidelines for preparing plants-based concoctions.
We have the opportunity to taste some of the best fruits that the region has to offer on our walks every day. We were able to find Taverna Moustakas (Stilos) thanks to our in-depth knowledge. Here we enjoy an array of regional wines, meze and succulent lamb chops. While exploring Stilos and its surrounding areas One of the most impressive sights is a fifth-century BC Hellenistic bridge that has stood up to the years. When we travel through the fields, we discover even more of the beauty of the region, including wild asparagus , cyclamen and wild asparagus we finally make it to the small town of Maza.
Following a relaxing stroll through the timeless olive grove we arrive at an awe-inspiring church that is dedicated to St. Nicholas and graced with beautiful frescoes created from Ioannis Pagomenos who was a masterful artist of the twelfth century Cretan artist. While on our trip, the warm hospitality offered by Jonathan and Myriam can be further appreciated with memorable picnic meals they’ve prepared with love for the group. Following this brief respite, we begin a long trek through the Omalos plateau, following ancient Venetian tracks. This is awe-inspiring expanse of arid plains and steep cliffs that are dotted with goats. We also see stunning griffon vultures as well as buzzards flying in the skies above.
For this thrilling, off-season walking vacation in Greece people have the luxury of having a dreamy slice of the Greek island completely for themselves. There are three tours available on Naxos, Santorini and offer visitors the chance to discover trails that are away from the masses of tourists. The time of the year when spring is beautiful is the best time to visit both islands even though this is not the peak time for tourism. The excursion includes all transfers along with maps, route instructions, as well as B&B accommodation at charming hotel (macsadventure.com). To those who want to experience smaller areas of Corfu’s popular west coast, a self-guided tour is offered by Hidden Corfu.
In an overview
The trip from St. Nicholas church, followed by the trek through Venetian paths on Omalos plateau was nothing short of spectacular. Jonathan and Myriam are our experienced guides and their hospitality was a huge factor in making our experience more memorable. From rocky cliff faces to majestic birds and from fresh fare perfect for picnics to exquisite frescoes by Ioannis Pagomenos. The experience will be with us for decades to follow.