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Hiking and nature in Eastern Crete

Route 8 :  Xerokambos - Agia Irini

Total length of run : 8 kms : 4 hours (Xerokambos - Agia Irini - Xerokambos)

 

 
 

If you desire to be acquainted of eastern Crete, don’t forget to visit Xerokambos, a seaside resort known as a summer holidays’ destination and known because of the lilies grown on the sand.


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Xerokambos Beach
Between Xerokambos and Agia Irini

The inhabitants of the small village of Xerokambos depend on the olive oil and the tourism.

We walk along the south seaside of Xerokambos on a narrow dirt road southwards, which it stops after 2 kms of walking. On your right quaint shapes of cliff overhang, badges of eastern Crete and on your left you enjoy the view of the deep blue of Cretan Sea. In the depth of focus you can see Koufonisi island, which you can visit on boat from Makri Gialos.
Xerokambos and Agia Irini
Small heaps of stones which show the path
Where the dirt road ends, we go on walking on a path, which is indistinguishable in some places. Off and on there are small heaps of stones which show the path in some way and help us not to stray from our route. We need to keep our wits for a while, but the route to Agia Irini is easy, as we walk along the seaside at the most of its part.

Eastern Crete is the ideal place for them who love hiking and enjoy discovering the natural beauties of Greece. Though this route is not well known, the landscape is really impressive and gives a breathtaking experience.

Xerokambos and Agia Irini
Xerokambos and Agia Irini
From Xerokambos to the small beach of Agia Irini is about 2 hours walking. The attribute of the resort is the wild rocks, the imposing landscape and the arid hills, which expand along the route.

The solid rocks and rough limestone hills are disturbed by spectacular gorges and craggy dingles.

Xerokambos and Agia Irini
Xerokambos Beach
There are amazing beaches for swimming in Xerokambos. There are also some taverns which is open only in summer months but in Agia Irini there is no resident population and that’s why is completely deserted.

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Xerokambos and Agia Irini

Left : A cave on the way...

Right : The village of Agia Irini

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The small village of Agia Irini
The hidden Agia Irini beach
Xerokambos and Agia Irini
Xerokambos and Agia Irini
Xerokambos Beach
Xerokambos and Agia Irini
 


 
 

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