Mythos of Cool Springs
Blue Tours, Easy
You have chosen an easy tour suitable for all ages. Expect good surfaces with a few easy uphill passages.
This tour is available for groups of 6+ persons only
On this easy half-day tour, we will carry you off to the secret wonders of Crete.
Our starting point is the sleepy Venetian hill-settlement of Vafes which still breathes the spirit of Medieval days. From the beginning, we enjoy wide views of the White Mountains and the fertile foothills Madares in the green region of Krio Nerida which -almost poetically- means Cool Waters. During the first kilometers of our bike ride, we cross through cultivated olive groves, figs and mulberry trees, walnuts and giant shady oaks.
After the village of Vrisses (Greek: fountain) our route takes us through a cool and quiet cypress forest, one of the last remaining forests in Crete which lies at a low altitude. In the center of this woodland, we stop at a chapel that is dedicated to the Holy Spring which gives life to all the green.
Enjoying the breeze on a longer downhill passage we reach Stylos where we can find refreshment under huge fragrant eucalyptus trees. Coffee, fresh orange juice, or simply the famous Samaria table water, which is bottled in Stylos, revive us for the last adventurous cycling part.
Entering a subtropical garden landscape we are surrounded by orange, lemon, and avocado trees before we follow the Koiliaris River (one of the longest rivers of Crete with 36 km) along its overgrown dam towards the North Coast, ending this tour at the sandy beaches of Kyani Akti.
- on all half-day tours: coffee or snack break
- on all full-day tours: lunch break & coffee break
- Tour Character: Half Day
- Difficulty: easy
- Distance: 25 km, 18 km downhill or flat , 7 km moderate rises
- Price: € 55/ € 25 (adult/child)