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Old 09 July 2015, 14:29   #21
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From Gythio to Paleochora (South part of Crete Island)

Ferry:

Gythio 15.40
Kithra ???
Antykithra ???
Kissamos (Crete) 23.20

By car:
Kissamos 23.30
Paleochora 1 AM

Road through hell. 1 km after Kissamos road width is not wider than my car ...
And I tow a trailer and boat (car 5m, trialer 6.5m)

You can checkt this road on

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Trip on the map:



Awaiting ferry in Gythio ... tavern



Here it is:



On the ferry:


Kithyra:



Antykithyra:

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Old 09 July 2015, 15:02   #22
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Empty port in Paleochora:



By the way. I have paid 92 EOROCENTS (less than 1 EUR) for 5 days in port Gythio

This is the reason why we do love Paleochora (South of Crete) 40m visibility under water. Pure clear crystal:



Unfortunately temperatur of the Se is 24.7 - we have to use 2mm neoprenes (we do like warmer water) especially when in the shadow it is 37 C





Again really empty port in Paleochora

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It is me, nice to meet you ... We love snorkeling in Paleochora

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First trip Paleochora - Lissos

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Memories from LISSOS.



It is ancient city (ruins only) allowed to walk by tourist (boats from Sougia) and goats











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Two more pictures from LISSOS





Do not be fooled by flat water in this bay. 500m away from it you will find regular Med waves flowing along Crete island. Not dramatic (usually 50cm 1-1.5m) very width.

They change when bottom of Sea changes so sometimes you have few km width regular waves and suddenly they change to less width, more freq. waves.

To plan any longer trip you have to keep in your mind that it be not flat Sea - never.

There are several big bays temporary covered from these waves but sooner or later you will go out of such bay ...
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Still alive, still happy. It can be our good bay for Crete.
We have been here (Paleochora, South-West part of Crete) since 6 years.
Cost reduction Ferry is expensive for 5 persons + car + boat.

But:

1. 40 meters visibility under water
2. A few boats in port
3. A few tourists in South
4. A lot of empty beaches (or almost empty)
5. Low fees for port and facilities in port (for inflatable it was free of charge, for 5m RIB they are still nothing - and they calculate 5m till 5,49

Still somewhere between Paleochora, Lissos, Sougia





There are mostly pebbles beaches here
My wife returned to Poland via airplane from Chania, so I'm alone with 3 kids



Not too small kids (2x12 yo, 1x16 old - daughter)

One warning:

Use forecast and from Paleochora safe trips are to East.


be very close to coast because 1km from coast you can face strong wind and waves
look at weather forecast 6 BF or 7 BF is regular wind here. There are high mountains along coast and they cover you against wind

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Trip to Lutro Loutro, the first image




Tripiti beach:



Nice place for picnic



Agia Roumieli. End of Samaria gorge




Here we go. LUTRO !!! But it i more people than we expected







Daughter wants to swim on the center of bay. 25m depth (bottom is visible)



Go to swim:



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One of many bays - we anchored here.


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If you be (by any chance) in Paleochora (west-south part of Crete) you can have nice short trips range 15-een 20-y km left or right (West or East). West and next to North famous Elafonisi (or less know Kedrodasos) and East - Lissos, Sougia or Gialiskari

Yesterday my made both trips in fact that Sea was unusually calm (2 - 4 BF wind)



I have turned on navigation after 8km so total trips were about 60 km.
You can be in Elafonisi use RIB in 30 - 40 minutes. It is much better than 3 - 3.5 hr by car around via mountains.

On below mentioned picture you can see left-down (East-South) corner of Crete Island.
Even if Sea looks calm be aware what can face after this corner.
Usually there be Med regular waves, sometimes accelerate by North wind



Some empty beaches perfect for family picnic:




When you approach Elafonisi or Kedrodasos it be less waves (land will cover you)
Water is perfect blue and transparent clear. Sand is white-pink in Kedrodasos but it is significant smaller than Elafonisi. And Elafonisi is a Lagoon and Kedrodasos is regular beach so water is more cooler.



We have anchored at 8 meters


Daughter went to water


And boys used fishing equipment:



When you look at Sea by your own eyes bottom was perfectly visible.
On the picture is not


On returning way in calm bays we have even 65 km/h speed


So it was trip to left (West)
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