We boarded the Daskalogiannis in Chora Sfakion at 10.30 and after a brief stop in Loutro headed west on the mirror sea to Agia Roumeli where we disembarked at 11.45 to commence our hike.
The E4 path east from the bottom Samaria Gorge is well marked all the way to Agios Pavlos beach where we stopped for a swim. We rejoined the path a climbed above the beach walking through the pines to climb the escarpment, passing the fork to Agios Ioannis . The views were fantastic and the path well defined.
We continued well above the sea on a rocky but well marked path before the steep scramble down to Marmara at the mouth of the Aradhena gorge. We had planned a second swim but time was slipping by so we pressed on.
The path from Marmara to Likos was not pleasant with a very difficult rock section to drop down onto beach. I understand that there may have been an alterative route along a newer path and the dirt road to Livianna.
After Likos the path took us through some restaurants at Finix before one final climb up and over the hill before arriving in Loutro at 17.40 where we drank a well deserved beer before the Daskalogiannis picked us up to return us to Chora Sfakion where we enjoyed another beer in the Delfini watching the spectacular sunset.
A great day walking but some care needed.
Huw and Sandra