Sfakia report, May 2nd – Imbros gorge Everything you want to ask, read or write about Sfakia, southwest Crete, or Crete island in general.

Jean
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Sfakia report, May 2nd – Imbros gorge

by Jean » 03 May 2019, 11:38

Since the Samaria gorge isn’t open from Omalos until May 10th, the Imbros gorge is very popular with people staying on the north coast at the moment. If you want to hike the gorge and take your time looking around in relative peace, it is best to start before 9:30am or in the afternoon.

The gorge is still very green and full of spring flowers. We were delighted to find a few bee orchids (ophrys) near the top, and a fritillaria part way down, as well as a few other less common flowers (photos in another posting). We heard baby birds chirping next to the path at one point and stopped to watch a mother Great Tit (Parus major) zoom into a small eye-level hole in the cliff where she had her nest.

The scenery in the gorge is always impressive – the narrow winding passages, black curved layers of rock in the white cliffs, soaring slopes and huge scree piles, a mixture of green trees, goats foraging for food.

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After we got to the bottom of the gorge, we visited the tiny cave church of Agios Onouphrios that is tucked into a cliff just below the road to the right of the large sheep station (you can go through an opening in the fence by the road just around the corner from the first taverna). The saint was a 5th century hermit who lived in the Egyptian desert, so it’s interesting that a church in Komitades honours him.

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We walked through the village, enjoying the flowers and plants along the street. Back in Sfakia late in the afternoon, the sea was very rough, and a fresh wind blew until after sunset.

kiki
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Re: Sfakia report, May 2nd – Imbros gorge

by kiki » 03 May 2019, 15:56

Thanks for your nice report!

In Komitades there ist also a little chappel hided named St.Georgios with beautiful old fresques behind the Taverna of Georgios and Annette . For shure you know it, but perhaps some people.

Best regards
Sabine

Joan
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Re: Sfakia report, May 2nd – Imbros gorge

by Joan » 03 May 2019, 17:43

Love the flowers, Jean.

We'd heard that there are currently lots of boulders from the Spring storms to scramble over at the bottom of the gorge - not great for oldies like us. Is that the case?

Joan

Jean
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Re: Sfakia report, May 2nd – Imbros gorge

by Jean » 03 May 2019, 20:06

Joan wrote:Love the flowers, Jean.

We'd heard that there are currently lots of boulders from the Spring storms to scramble over at the bottom of the gorge - not great for oldies like us. Is that the case?

Joan


No, the path is fine at the bottom now – they levelled it out with a bulldozer many weeks ago. The path is a little messier in a few places from the winter rains, but the difference is hardly noticeable. The path is fine for oldies like us!

Jean
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Re: Sfakia report, May 2nd – Imbros gorge

by Jean » 03 May 2019, 20:14

kiki wrote:Thanks for your nice report!

In Komitades there ist also a little chappel hided named St.Georgios with beautiful old fresques behind the Taverna of Georgios and Annette . For shure you know it, but perhaps some people.

Best regards
Sabine


Yes, the little church of Agios Giorgos with the old frescoes is well worth visiting. Friends went there a few days ago and reported that there is some damage to the walls from the winter rains. Sometime in the past I posted photos of the interior, but I can't find the link at the moment.

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