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Our flight was on time and there was no hassle at the airport so we were able to get to our Villa by mid afternoon. I was located in the small
One of the highlights of the holiday was walking the Samaria Gorge (see account below). For the rest of the holiday we mainly lazed about and did a bit of sightseeing. One day we drove to the south coast of the island, taking a spectacular road over the
We also went to
We took two visits to the town of
The rest of our time was spent lazing around on the beach or in tavernas at Almerida or at our villa, where we had a small swimming pool and also the Beijing Olympics to watch (go team GB!).
As usual in Greece the weather was hot and sunny. It wasn't excessively hot though so I never felt like the heat was really getting to me except on the last few days when the cool breeze that had been present since we arrived dropped completely.
The Samaria Gorge is located in south-west
To get to the start of the gorge we went by coach, which left at in the morning. The drive to the start of the gorge was spectacular as we wound up through the
The first few kilometres were steep and tough on the knees but once we were right down at the bottom of the gorge it levelled off a little and walking was much easier. The weather forecast had predicted a heat wave of over 30°C but luckily it never got this hot and for most of the walk it was hot but not excessively so. As we wound our way down the gorge we would occasionally cross the river, which at this time of year is no more than a trickle but during the winter months I'm sure it is quite a torrent.
The first (from the top) 13km of the Gorge are part of the National Park and it is the last of these 13km where the gorge becomes only 4m wide and rises up 500m. This was the most spectacular part of the walk.
Once out of the National Park the scenery is less interesting and when we arrived in Agia Roumeli we had a quick drink (a pint of freshly squeezed orange juice) and then went for a swim in the sea. We then had a 45 minute boat ride to a small village where the coach picked us up and took us back to where we were staying.
The walk had taken us 7 hours including rest breaks and the next day my legs were very sore. Part of the reason for this is that it is all down hill so you use the same muscles all the time so they don't get a rest.