Walking the E4 Path, from Kissamos to Chora Sfakion
Posted 05 August 2005 - 06:56 PM
Does anyone have any information they could share with me?
Are there any organised walks?
Is there a system of hostels for those souls hardy enough to attempt such a feat? I do not wish to sleep under canvas (or the stars), but I am working to a tight budget, so any suggestions re accomodation would help.
I have looked at the results from Google, and they are give some information, but nowhere near enough to plan such an adventure, hence this posting.
Thank you for your time.
Posted 05 August 2005 - 10:20 PM
Ivan's walk was more a wee bit more than 'just' the E4. FWIW, my own E4 experience was from Palochora to Sougia: it was a great walk, in my case via Anidri and the little church there, then down the Anidri gorge to the sea, and then onwards. Spent a bit of time at Lissos too. The sail back into Pal in the evening and a cold Mythos in the harbour with wife and friends was great.
PS More about Ivan's walk (post-event, as opposed to the planning stages) on this very website: http://www.explorecr...walk-crete.htm!
Posted 05 August 2005 - 11:45 PM
following the E4 route from Kissamos to Sfakia is possible. There is a difficult part between Sougia and Agia Roumeli. If you have the slightest vertigo problem, then take the boat from Sougia to Agia Roumeli. According to Ivan's description, the path was destroyed at a certain location but that was in March. Perhaps it is fixed now but still, it is a challenging path.
There are no youth hostels along the way, only small hotels where you can rent a room for 30-40 EUR.
Your idea to raise money for maintaining the paths is a good one, but unfortunately there is no such organisation.
Posted 06 August 2005 - 12:38 AM
Try looking up www.cretetravel.com/Activities/E4_walking_path.htm
It might be of some help
Posted 07 August 2005 - 09:06 PM
Follow Yannis's suggestion and take the ferry. The rest of the E4 coastal stretch, from Agia Roumelia to Sfakia, is pure delight. Take two days, overnighting in Finix or Loutro, and stop to swim and see the Byzantine church at Agios Pavlos on the way.
Posted 12 August 2005 - 09:11 AM
Posted 13 August 2005 - 03:10 AM
we last saw him in lefkoyia and later in plakias on his mamoth trek
Posted 13 August 2005 - 11:36 AM
saying that, the scenery between ag roumeli and sougia is really awesome, and the effect that 2 day walk had on me remains to this day, if i can raise enough cash to fly to crete this september i will certainly do this walk again, perhaps even both ways! if anyone has seen this stretch of coastline from the ferry and is determined to walk it, and would like a guide, i am more than happy to consider any requests.
Posted 13 August 2005 - 12:17 PM
1) by digging a small depression in the sand on the beach 1km east of the base of the tripiti gorge, the water here was not good, and was used by the livestock of the local shepherd, and also many dead wasps littered the water puddles created by the animals.
2) after climbing out of the tripiti gorge to the ruins of pikilassos continue climbing up to the chapel of Profiti Elias, not only is this a stunning viewpoint, with much of sw crete visible, the chapel has a storage tank for collecting the winter rainfall. there was still water here in september 2003, but again, i would only drink this if i was badly dehydrated.
3) climbing down from pikkilassos towards sougia, one passes a luxuriant patch of vegetation, this is the key to finding a spring that trickles out of the earth, the water here is good.