Walk around Crete in 50 days - Day 27 from Frangocastello to Hora Sfakion (Sweet Water beach)
Burned calories 810
Distance 15,8 km
Pulse at arrival 85
Weather: Very sunny Average 24C
Woke up at 08.00 and it was already 09.00 ! Did not know we had to advance
the clock for an hour ! No newspaper, no radio, no tv! No problem
! Anyway I have time, Sfakia is only about 15 km from here. Ate my "croissant" and
drank coffee (elleniko sketto) at Flisvos. I paid 25 Euro’s for
the room (no breakfast) and left about 10.30. The weather is ok. No wind,
my Lybian Lady is very quiet. Temperature is 24C.. En route. I
crossed Frangokastello, but spot no barrel dogs..All dogs are free running
and very friendly. No strays, all of them belong to somebody.
view of Frangokastello after a steep climb on a winding road. The only
positive thing, the road is boring!
11.45 Agios Nektarios village.
Few houses, don’t see anything move.
12.10 Arrival at Nomikiana.
Same as formal village, but more movement (building)..
12.30 Village of
Idem dito, but two local cafenions are open and a few older men are enjoying
12.40 I find a lamb, stuck with his
head in a fence.. Can’t save it by myself and I call a man working
on a field. He helps me and we save the poor animal. So far nobody paid
attention on it!
12.45 I am in Vraskas. Only 5 houses, I count. A man is singing Cretan
songs in his small garden and salutes me. Kala Tragoudia !
12.50 I pass
the entrance (from Komitades) of the Imbros gorge, where I spent already
so many beautiful moments.. I meet Drimitris again (the driver whom I
saw at Phaistos, remember ?). He is waiting for the same group of tourists,
walking down the gorge.. We chat and drink together at the taverna "Komitades",
animated by the always friendly Manolis. Nice place to stay !
continue the climb to the village of Komitades and arrive there 10’ later.
Small village and nearly all people are living on the Imbros gorge.
Junction on the winding road, coming from Vrisses and bringing so many
tourists to Sfakia, in the summer season for the Samaria "lazy
way" or bringing them back from the "long way".
I spot Loutro and Sweet water beach, where I am going to overnight in
my tent. Loutro is for tomorrow.
14.15 Arrival at Hora Sfakia. I go
to Daniel’s cafe and meet Pantelis, my formal "taxi
driver" to Aradaina! Here I wait for Alan and Andy, who are
going to join me on the walks to Paleohora . They show up at
15.15 and we have a meal at Nikos’ taverna in Sfakia harbor (swordfish).
Weather is very sunny.
At 18,00 we leave the taverna and walk to "Glika
Nera", Sweet water beach, to camp. Arrival at the beach at about
18.45 and putting up our tents, enjoying the fantastic evening. Only
us three.. Alan brought some Retsina.
It is 21,00 and the stars are watching
us..I decide to go for a swim! Gorgeous! joining my Lybian
Lady! No lights needed now, full moon.
At 22,00 we went to bed
for a "cool" night.