Hi Forum members,
I am travelling with one friend to Crete for a few days in September and would like to do some hiking around the area of Chora Sfakion and Loutro or in the White Mountains. We arrive in Heraklion on the afternoon of Saturday the 9th September, and get a rental car to drive to Chora Sfakion that evening. We will have the rental car for the duration of our stay.
We are from New Zealand and I am particularly interested in visiting Crete because my Grandfather was stationed there during WW2. I believe he retreated from Greece to Crete, then marched south over the White Mountains before being evacuated after the paratroop invasion from somewhere near Chora Sfakion. He was later Captured in Africa and spent 19 months in POW camps in Italy before being repatriated to NZ. I will try to find out more about his time in Crete before my trip.
We are looking for some advice on accommodation and hiking that we could do in the White Mountains or around Chora Sfakion on the 10th and 11th of September. If possible, I would like to hike some part of the route of the Allied retreat across the White Mountains, and/or to see some other WW2 sites or locations.
We are in our early thirties and in reasonably good shape (we both ran a half marathon recently). We have also done a fair bit of Hiking in NZ, mostly to 2 or 3 day hikes with full packs, but this has typically been on fairly well marked trails. We would like to look at the option of doing an overnight hike, but would also consider doing day hikes and driving in between if you think this will be a better idea for the available time. We will have boots, packs and sleeping bags but not much other equipment so it would be good if there was a way to rent a tent or cooking equipment if this is needed, or alternatively we would also consider paying for a guide to assist with equipment, logistics and route finding.