Sfakia report, April 17th – rough seas, Sahara dust Everything you want to ask, read or write about Sfakia, southwest Crete, or Crete island in general.

jean h
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Sfakia report, April 17th – rough seas, Sahara dust

by jean h » 17 Apr 2022, 15:02

Happy Western Easter!

Early this morning there was some light rain, coating all surfaces with red Sahara dust, which created a lot of extra cleaning work for the businesses and locals. The internet forecasts say that we should be free of dust by tomorrow, but then we may get some rain late on Monday and on Tuesday

Sahara dust after rain.JPG


It was warm overnight and throughout the day, especially out of the breeze, and when the sun broke through the dust clouds it really felt hot. The sea was too rough for any boats today, as yo could see from the webcam, but was wonderful to watch and listen to. Of course the biggest waves always hit the rocks and shore when you don’t have a camera ready. The colours in the sea are beautiful when the sea is turbulent and drags pale gravel deposits out to mix with the deep blue hues.

off the Xenia.JPG

waves on way to Loutro.JPG


Tourists who wanted to get to Loutro today had to either get driven to Finix and walk around the headland, or brave the waves which swamped the E4 path across Sweetwater beach. Ilingas beach was also totally covered by waves, but we saw one brave man contemplating the forces of nature on a rock by the caves. A few people found a dry patch of sand to sit on at Vrisi beach, but swimming was out of the question today.

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Sweetwater sign.JPG

Sweetwater beach(less).JPG

Ilingas beach(less).JPG

contemplating the waves.JPG


We spotted another stunning blue rock thrush from the road, and a griffon vulture flew low over us on the walk back to Sfakia.

blue rock thrush.JPG

Griffon vulture.JPG

kiki
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Re: Sfakia report, April 17th – rough seas, Sahara dust

by kiki » 18 Apr 2022, 13:53

Thanks a lot for your daily interesting and beautiful reports !

Marie and Andrew
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Re: Sfakia report, April 17th – rough seas, Sahara dust

by Marie and Andrew » 18 Apr 2022, 19:33

Hello Jean,

Thanks a lot for all these beautiful pictures. The sea it so wonderful - the colours looks like paintings. There is so beautiful. Thanks a lot. It looked dangerous with the man sitting on the rock. It is so nice now when we are home in Sweden again after our recent visit, to get this nice reports from Sfakia.

Best regards
Marie and Andrew

Marie and Andrew
Posts: 144
Joined: 26 Nov 2015, 20:29
Location: Sweden

Re: Sfakia report, April 17th – rough seas, Sahara dust

by Marie and Andrew » 18 Apr 2022, 19:33

Hello Jean,

Thanks a lot for all these beautiful pictures. The sea it so wonderful - the colours looks like paintings. There is so beautiful. Thanks a lot. It looked dangerous with the man sitting on the rock. It is so nice now when we are home in Sweden again after our recent visit, to get this nice reports from Sfakia.

Best regards
Marie and Andrew

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