at 13.1km (N) from Frangokastello
It is located at an altitude of 750 m, 50 km SE from the city of Hania and 20 km from the village of Vryses. Its population is approximately 500 people. The small villages that constitute the community of Askifou are Kares, Ammoudari, Goni and Petres. The most touristic organised of them is Ammoudari with restaurants, gas station, and some rooms for rent.
at 13.2km (NW) from Frangokastello
30th August - The day dawned with a cloudless blue sky. I was lucky. The route starts with a gentle two km warm up across the Niato plateau before turning more vicious. The next phase is a very steep 700 meter climb up the north east ridge of Kastro. One of the pluses is that you are doing this in the relative cool of the morning - one of the minuses is that you will probably be carrying something like five litres of water. Distance: 17.0 km Time: 10 hrs. 5mins. Mov av 2.5 km/hr Height overnight: 1,913m. Max. height: 2,060m.
at 13.3km (NW) from Frangokastello
29th August - Nicholas Crane, at the beginning of his huge walk across the watershed of Europe, writes that Julius Caesar and his Roman Army probably had it right when they walked for three days and rested for one. He ignored the advice (to his regret) and so did I in Part One, but now I had learnt my lesson. So for my rest day, I went for a little 7 km walk around the Askyfou plateau (without a pack) and found my way up to the Turkish fort which dominates the skyline there.
at 13.9km (W) from Frangokastello
Anopolis is a small village, built on a small but fertile plateau, 12 km west from Sfakia at 600 m above sea level. There are still traces of the ruins of the ancient city that prospered around the 3rd century BC, who's port was Phoenix (Loutro). Ancient Anopolis was one of the thirty city - states that signed the peace decree with Eumenes B’ in 183 BC. and thus was able to mint its own coins. During both the Venetian and the Turkish occupations, Anopolis was a center for revolutionary activities. It is the birth place of the freedom fighter Ioannis Daskalogiannis who's statue stands at the center of the village.There are three more small settlements, Limnia, Vigle and Pavliana on the same plateau. The mountainous landscape is of outstanding wild beauty. In the village there are rooms for rent and a tavern.The village is worth visiting not only for its natural beauty but also for the opportunity to explore the White Mountains. One of the best hikes is to descent to the shore through the ravine of Aradena, a five hour walk through an imposing ravine that ends up to the wonderful beach of Marmara.
at 14km (W) from Frangokastello
Daskalogiannis (GR: Δασκαλογιάννης) - born in Anopolis, Sfakia - started planning a revolutionary liberation movement in Crete in 1769 and completed the preparations for the revolution in Sfakia in the spring of 1770. In 1770, the revolution that had already broken out in other parts of Greece broke out in Crete too. Daskalogiannis, revolt was the first step towards freedom from the Turkish occupation in Crete and kept people, hopes from freedom alive. The international airport of Chania is named after this hero.
at 14.1km (E) from Frangokastello
Just 400m west of Plakias the Horizon Beach Hotel, set by the sea enjoys splendidly open views across the bay. The hotel is light and airy and the 26 twin and double bedrooms, all of which have a private sea facing balcony and polished stone floors, are simply furnished but comfortable, all have their own shower room (or bathroom), direct telephone, refrigerator, air condition (available), hair dryer, wireless internet, safe box, tv, and kettle or coffee maker. Hotel Facilities: Air-conditioned Rooms, Sea view balconys (All rooms), Studios for 2-5 People, Salon with TV, Elevator to all floors, Bar, Food on request, Breakfast-Buffet indoors and outdoors at the pleasant patio, Free safe parking, Pets allowed.
at 14.1km (W) from Frangokastello
Loutro is a small village halfway from Agia Roumeli, where the Samarian gorge ends, to Hora Sfakion, accessible only by boat. The majestic scenery, the calm, the crystal clear water and the hospitality of the local people gave Loutro numerous friends and ardent visitors. No cars, no bikes... nothing to spoil the peace of this historical place. Some small hotels, apartments and rooms as well as a few lovely taverns offer their guests a friendly atmosphere that makes Loutro an ideal place for vacation and relax.
at 14.1km (W) from Frangokastello
At scenic Loutro, 15 minutes away from Hora Sfakion by boat, far from the traffic and the noise you will find NIKOLAS rooms.Located at the eastern end of the cove of Loutro, with its characteristic palm tree, clean and well looked after, this small hotel is ideal for relax, peace and tranquility. FOR BOOKING & CONTACT tel: +30 28250 91352 (Winter: +30 28210 52026) Mr Nikolaos Patroudakis
at 14.4km (E) from Frangokastello
A sea side village, 40 km south from Rethimno, with 237 permanent residents, built at the cove of the bay of the same name on a wonderful sandy beach, 1300 m long, between the capes Stavros and Kako Mouri, that is ideal for swimming and sea sports. The natural beauty of the place helped Plakias to become a renowned tourist resort now providing all the facilities that a visitor could wish. It belongs to the municipality of Finikas.
at 14.6km (NE) from Frangokastello
28th August - Because we had researched this bit in May, it wasn't so daunting to leave the tarmac-bound E4 and to launch off uphill to make the old crossing (not yet on any map) between here and Askyfou. The first gully climb up to 3,300 ft was quite straight forward as we had done it before. Distance: 22.4 km Time: 8 hrs. 35mins. Mov av 3.7 km/hr Height overnight: 714m.