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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by markas, Jan 23, 2012.
Thanks for showing us some of your beautiful island!
I've always wanted to visit. Perhaps someday.
You've got some beautiful scenery and great places to ride. I've been to Crete several times but never had the chance to get out into the countryside. Now I know what I was missing.
Looking forward to more pics.
Thanks for the nice comments. We have hundreds, maybe thousands of pictures to share with you from places at Crete that, as Nikos (markas) wrote, are unknown to most people of our island and for sure to tourists that come for a week or two and have no time to explore. We hope you will enjoy them!
Thanks so much for sharing your trips!
Or as the Venetians used to say:
Lione di Pietra
(This ride took place 12th March 2011)
Whoever i asked, gave me no descent answer. No one seemed to know anything about it and much less about a castle that our map showed in the area. Even the Internet didn't provide us with much info. Many told us that the castle should be in ruins, a few stones above some others and nothing worth seeking, but what if they are wrong?
What is there to be found in this forgotten part of Crete?
Well, a dream i had for a couple of years now is to ride around my island as close to the sea as i can. So, being a sucker for castles did the trick and got the party started!
The team consist of the usual:
Kiriaki, our Extreme photographer!
Yannis the explorer, also know as yns
Nikos the two-up, also know as markas (me )
And last but not least, our guest star Manolis the iron butt, also known as painterakis
Wow. Thanks for the memories. Crete is truly one of Greece's gems. My wife and I spent our honeymoon there...
More pictures please !
We start from Heraklion (where Yannis and i live) around 8 in the morning and arrive in Agios Nikolaos (painterakis home town) half an hour later to find him waiting for us. The scenery and the road itself may be nice but we have made it hunderds of times, so no pics from that part.
We regroup, exchange some more info (nobody knew anything but we drank some Raki to warm us a little) and got back on the road.
The road is twisty as almost all roads in Crete are. We are used to it of course so without any delay...
...we arrive in Mochlos village, our first target of the day.
The mountain you see rising from the sea, is our second target and the mountain behind it is our third one! Lets see if we manage all this in one day...
The tiny village isn't what it used to be you know. I wasn't there to witness myself but the archaeologists say so.
In ancient times when the Minoans ruled this place (around 2700-1500 BC) the small island was attached to the mainland and acted as an eastern harbor. The harbor thrived, the many buildings on the island (some underwater now) and a big cemetary carved in stone are witnesses of this long lost culture. (Excavations still continue till this day). More info can be found in Wikipedia or other sources.
The weather is too cold, we don't have a boat with us so no close up photos here. Anyway, daylight is precious in winter so lets continue...
We follow a small dirt road in search of the one closest to the sea leading east...
...till suddenly a big tower appears in front of us!
The tower was build from the Venetians around 1500 to protect the local farmers from pirates. The structure was pretty good and stands now in top condition!
(BTW, did you know that Venetians had Crete for 400 years? Read more in Kingdom_of_Candia)
The plate explaining the history of the tower and the neighboring chapel where in Greek and English (as almost everything) but unfortunately i forgot to take a photo of the English version, sorry)
Time is up, move it people, move it!
Having no GPS (don't like them much) we search and discover. Of course we get to some dead ends but the more the better the adventure
I haven't mentioned anything about the perfumes the nature provided us for the whole ride. Spring is coming even if there is still some snow on the Mountains and the flowers make the scenery even more pleasant.
Map of our ride till that moment:
...we reach asphalt again and continue exploring.The road is pretty narrow but nice to ride on.
Anyway, we don't care much about the road as long...
As we have that awesome scenery to watch
Oh, and thats our main target of today! On this hill lies the Castle of Liopetro.
Can you see the ruins?
Well, neither can we, but never mind, we will get closer to check the place anyway.
Well, the explorer virus stroke again and we find ourselves riding through dirt roads and paths seeking more adventure.
Finally we enter a beton made road which leads us to a small beach.
Waterfall in Crete? is that even possible in such a waterless place?
Well, as we heard later there are many more inside the canyon, some even 5 meters high with water all year long :huh !
The Canyon and the small river are named Richtis and surely deserve some hiking but we came here for riding and riding in the canyon with those bikes isn't an option.
So, we head to the beach for a small snack and a cup of Raki.