A single base guided walking holiday, with optional painting classes, on the northern coast of a quiet and beautiful corner of Crete. You stay in apartments just a few metres from a beach embraced by two majestic peninsulas. Each morning you walk directly from the village along the coast or into the olive-clad hills in […]
A single base guided walking and painting holiday, on the northern coast of a quiet and beautiful corner of Crete. You stay in apartments just a few metres from a beach embraced by two majestic peninsulas. Each morning you walk directly from the village along the coast or into the olive-clad hills in the company of your guide, Iacovos, who knows the area intimately. Discover unfrequented villages, cave churches, gorges and abandoned Minoan settlements. In the afternoon, more walking; relaxing in the clear Aegean; or painting classes with Camille.
Five mornings of leisurely to medium paced walks taking in the hills, valleys coastline and town of Kissamos and the surrounding areas, to include local villages and ancient sites, all especially beautiful in Spring and Autumn with wild flowers. Each walk starts at 9:00 am at the hotel and ends by 2 pm. Each walk has regular rest stops.
Four afternoons of painting workshops for beginners and more advanced artists, painting with the medium of your choice (for example oils or water colours). Each workshop starts at 17:00 and ends at 18:30. On Saturdays in the late afternoon we exhibit our paintings and have a party. One free day, which is an opportunity to relax or alternatively explore the charming old city of Chania built around its picturesque harbor or the famous Balos beach at the top of the Grambousa Peninsula by a short boat trip from Kissamos port. For other options we will be at your disposal. The opportunity to eat together at local tavernas : time to share in conversation, stories and delicious local food.
There is the freedom to opt out from either the walks (one or more or all) or the painting workshops or meals.
Per person based on 2 people sharing: £725
Single supplement: £130
Transfers to/from Chania Airport
7 nights in comfortable apartment with kitchen and free WiFi
Breakfast each morning
Dinner on the evening of arrival
5 guided walks
4 painting workshops
Dinners (apart from first night)
Anything else not mentioned as included
Day 1: arrive Chania Airport where you will be met and transferred to your village accommodation – approximately 40 minutes drive.
Day 2: Nopigia – Agios Vasilios
7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
9:00: Rendez-vous with your guide.
A walk along the coast from the village of Nopigia. This is an introductory walk to get the feel of the area – a little uneven here and there but essentially easy going. Starting from your accommodation walk to the chapel of Panagia Myrtidiotissa in Nopigia and then along a rough path towards the medieval chapel of Agios Vasilios on the Spatha peninsula. With the limpid sea always beside us, we are likely to meet only a few sheep and goats as we look out to the Gramvousa peninsula across Kissamos bay, with the Spatha mountain on our right.
Day 3: Mythimna – Drapanias
We walk to ancient Mythimna’s archaeological site and then on through the olive groves. Come to the medieval church of Agios Georgios, built on the ruins of an ancient roman temple, which can still be seen today. We walk to the south of the village of Drapanias to the ruins of the 16th century Villa Trevisan, named after a Venetian feudal family that governed the area.
Day 4: Platanaki-Korfalonas- City of Kissamos.
From our accommodation we walk to the sea and then along the beach to the Platanaki and Korfalonas areas. Cross the little Kissamos river and approach Kissamos town, a bustling small coastal town, with lots of restaurants and local shops selling honey, wine, tsikoudia and herbs. Here, too, is a wonderful local archaeological museum. We return by the regular bus service.
Day 5: FREE DAY.
Stay by the beach or take the local bus to Chania, a fascinating and very attractive small city, with lots to see and do. However, a very pleasant day can be spent simply wandering the streets and relaxing in the many restaurants.
Day 6: Drapanias – Potamida
We skirt the village of Drapanias and gently ascending we find an old track that leads through olive groves to a little chapel built into a cave… Agios Ioannis the Hermit. We continue across a small river bed and by a magnificent mulberry tree; beside the path is a rare kind of mint and lots of caper flowers. Descending we come to another cave church … Michael the Archangel, nestling in the shade of a plane tree from which the old church bell hangs. From here we take the road to Potamida before turning seawards, passing the spectacualar natural clay marls towering over the fields.
Day 7: Kotsiana-Rokka Walk
To Ano Drapanias and past a medieval Venetian tower, then through the countryside over the hill to Kotsiana. We locate the old track that leads towards a giant rock that dominates the landscape. Just below its crown is the picturesque village of Rokka. Above is the site of the remains of an ancient village, whose rooms, streets, steps and tombs were cut into the stone. From there are astounding views across the Rokka gorge and to the distant blue sea. We return along a kalderimi (old stone road) passing an ancient wall, and amongst the olives, peach, plum and mulberry trees.
Day 8: Departure
Depart after your breakfast this morning for your transfer to the airport.
Accommodation is in a family owned complex of apartments (all the same size) in a very small unspoilt village a couple of minutes walk from the beach. Apartments are spacious, very well furnished, with good cooking facilities and all the utensils you could possibly need. There are two outside areas for each apartment and both areas have table and chairs for outside dining. The garden is lovely with a good sized pool that is deep enough for a good swim if you decide an early morning dip.