Sfakia Report, April 20th, walk from Anopoli to Livaniana, Marmara, Loutro Everything you want to ask, read or write about Sfakia, southwest Crete, or Crete island in general.

Jean
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Sfakia Report, April 20th, walk from Anopoli to Livaniana, Marmara, Loutro

by Jean » 21 Apr 2017, 12:26

Thursday was probably the warmest day we’ve had here so far, with patches of thin cloud so that the sun wasn’t searing hot.

I went on a long hike with a friend. We first hitched a ride up to Anopoli on the back of a truck carrying bee hives. From the first big bend in the road leading up to Agia Ekaterini, we followed the footpath past ruined houses, across the stony landscaped filled with white and yellow asphodels, and down to Livaniana. In one spot near the top of the village there are multi-coloured outcroppings of shale along the path. We met some other hikers at the top of the village who told us that the taverna there is not open yet.

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From Livaniana, we decided to take the path that heads northwest via Agios Athanasios church and gradually descends into the Aradena gorge, rather than the steeper, more direct footpath. After we passed a flock of sheep and the terraces, the loud humming of thousands of bees filled the air. We wondered what they were feeding on, as there were very few flowers blooming except for some small yellow and white varieties, and a few fruit trees. Further on, we spotted small poppies and dragon arums.

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While we didn’t see vultures nesting and feeding their young in the cliff walls this time, we did catch sight of crag martins, and heard some small birds of prey calling.

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Down in the gorge, the chaste trees are just starting to get leaves, but the oleanders are not blooming yet. We only saw three pyramid orchids, but lots of small poppies.

After a stop at Marmara beach for a swim and coffee, we walked back to Loutro. The fields above Finix are very lush and green this year.

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A luxury ship was anchored in Loutro harbour. We discovered from the internet that it is a charter yacht named Hana, on its way from Suez to Valetta. The cafes around Loutro were filled with tourists enjoying drinks in the late afternoon sun.

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sharkeyderry
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Re: Sfakia Report, April 20th, walk from Anopoli to Livaniana, Marmara, Loutro

by sharkeyderry » 22 Apr 2017, 08:28

Just a words of thanks to Jean for wonderful updates. Keep them coming. Brings back memories of happy trip there and makes me long to go back.

Jean
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Re: Sfakia Report, April 20th, walk from Anopoli to Livaniana, Marmara, Loutro

by Jean » 24 Apr 2017, 19:58

[quote="Jean"]
A luxury ship was anchored in Loutro harbour. We discovered from the internet that it is a charter yacht named Hana, on its way from Suez to Valetta.

We heard this morning from someone staying in Loutro that when this luxury yacht pulled up it's anchor on Saturday to leave, it caught and twisted the water pipe that runs from Sweetwater beach to Loutro, and as a result there was no water in Loutro for 30 hours. The damage was repaired yesterday; the Neptune was called into action (while passengers disembarked for "5 minutes" = one hour), and with the help of a diver, the pipe was pulled straight. (photo taken by one of those passengers)
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rick
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Re: Sfakia Report, April 20th, walk from Anopoli to Livaniana, Marmara, Loutro

by rick » 25 Apr 2017, 10:17

Looks lovely. Hope they made those rich yachters pay for the repairs!

Jean
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Re: Sfakia Report, April 20th, walk from Anopoli to Livaniana, Marmara, Loutro

by Jean » 30 Apr 2017, 04:12

We have heard that the taverna in Livaniana is now open.

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Re: Sfakia Report, April 20th, walk from Anopoli to Livaniana, Marmara, Loutro

by deadeggs » 30 Apr 2017, 04:32

Hope many people visit it as without enough support, it will probably, one day, close. It is a little oasis in the middle of nowhere that offers a welcome break when one is hiking or visiting the remote spot. Long live the taverna in Livaniana;

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