About South Crete
The island of Crete is the most southern part of Europe and is at the crossroads of maritime routes and ancient civilizations. Crete is so popular with many visitors, we find no wonder. It is versatile and has a rich past.
Beautiful beaches stretch along this part of the south coast. The hinterland of Plakias has many paths that allow for a hike of short or long duration. The villages are traditional and offer the walker the opportunity to experience the Greek way of life. The locals are still surprised when a tourist visits their village.
South Crete has a unique variety of vegetation, especially on the mountains, that can surprise anyone. Due to the remoteness of the island, many crops have been brought here by pioneers, but over the centuries many crops have adjusted and have become its own kind. Thus, for example, here grows the Cretan maple (Acer creticum) and Tulipa cretica, which closely resembles to common poppy found in north Europe. The slopes of the mountains are lush with various spices which are used, among other things, to create the so-called mountain tea. And someone must never forget the many gorges that can be found in South Crete. They pose a challenge for the adventurous walker.
Big wild animals are not to be found in South Crete. Though there are many species of birds that inhabit the area, domestic and migratory. In the mountains the endangered bird of prey Falcon Eleonorea finds shelter. The coastal area has also been chosen by many birds to nest and breed.