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Botanical workshop May 2013

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Botanical workshop 23 April- 02 May 2013 in Azogires

Residential Botanical Workshop 23 April - 02 May 2012 to be held at the Alpha Hotel Retreat, Azogires (7 km from Paleochora).

The workshop will include botanic walks locally in the mornings and an art workshop suitable for beginners, improvers and accomplished artists in the afternoons. Professional botanical artist, Julia Jones, will be leading the art workshops. 

The walk leader is Jenny Neal, a botanist with a speciality in the Cretan flora. Further details about the course and cost which includes either a 5-day stay at the Alpha Hotel in Azogires or daily attendance, you can find in a PDF, here for download.
 

For further information and questions, please contact Jenny by email: jenniferaneal(at)yahoo.com   or on her GR mobil: +30- 69452 83716
You can attune for the Cretan wildflowers at Jenny's fabulous photos album.   

 

Botanic walk

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Botanical workshop 3-8 May 2012 in Azogires

Residential Botanical Workshop 3-8 May 2012 to be held at the Alpha Hotel Retreat, Azogires (7 km from Paleochora).

The workshop will include botanic walks locally in the mornings and an art workshop suitable for beginners, improvers and accomplished artists in the afternoons. Professional botanical artist, Julia Jones, will be leading the art workshops. 

The walk leader is Jenny Neal, a botanist with a speciality in the Cretan flora. Further details about the course and cost which includes either a 5-day stay at the Alpha Hotel in Azogires or daily attendance, you can find in a PDF, here for download.
 

For further information and questions, please contact Jenny by email: jenniferaneal(at)yahoo.com   or on her GR mobil: +30- 69452 83716
You can attune for the Cretan wildflowers at Jenny's fabulous photos album.   

Walk from Azogirez to Anidri

We generally recommend for all walks decent shoes or trainers...flip flops are going to be unsuitable! Be sure to take water, a sun hat and sun protection with you!
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Get to Azogirez by car or bus

Firstly, a few words of advice: do not set out to walk by road to Azogires. It's 8 km, practically all uphill and with little shade and no water. If you can't arrange for someone to take you, book a taxi and consider think if you need it for your return to Paleochora also. 

Our walk starts at the far end of Azogires, just before the Alpha Rooms, where a sign on the right indicates the way to Anidri. Follow the blue and red markings down to a bridge above the river that, in the summer, barely flows with water. Cross the bridge and walk to a lower one. If you look to the right, cross again you will see a sacred evergreen plane tree to your right, just after the old mill. It is said that St. John the Hermit received a vision from God at this spot and his followers, the 99 Holy Fathers rested under this tree. The branches of the tree grow to form little crosses and legend has it that the tree will die when 99 crosses have appeared.

To continue your way, follow return to the paved path through the pine trees towards the old monastery. It now houses the village museum, showing artefacts from the Turkish occupation and World War II. Unfortunately it is not always open so if you are interested in visiting, before you start your walk, ask in the Alpha Kafenion in Azogires for Prokopi, the curator.

After the monastery churchyard, climb up to the former schoolhouse and from here you can enjoy the panoramic view over the valley and mountains. Beyond behind the school you meet with the first of four fences. On going through, please make sure to close the gate – and all following – carefully.

Now just follow the blue and red dots. Soon the path will lead you past the remains of an old Turkish settlement under pine, olive and carob trees. Take a good look at the opposite mountains; maybe you can make out the entrance to the cave of the 99 Holy Fathers and the old Turkish fort.

After a few minutes you will leave the last trees behind you and the smell of wild sage will accompany you for the next, rockier part of the way.

After roughly after an hour, the path widens to a dirt track, passing a newly renovated house to your left. Stay on that track until you reach the first houses of Anidri and follow the cemented road down to a properly asphalted one. Turn right and after 100 metres meters you will see the Kafenion “Sto Scolio”, the former village schoolhouse. You have earned a break!

Text © by Bob Tait

Walk Anidri Gorge

We generally recommend for all walks decent shoes or trainers...flip flops are going to be unsuitable! Be sure to take water, a sun hat & sun protection with you!
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The small Anidri gorge makes an attractive alternative to the road to and from Paleochora. Follow the alley from the Kafenion to the church of Agios Giorgos with frescoes by Giannis Pagomenos from the 14th century. Then follow the signs to the entrance of the gorge. The riverbed is dry in the summer and trees and oleander bushes partly provide shade. The distance to the beach is covered in about an hour and the walk is easy, except for one big boulder, shaped by the river to look like a slide. Strong rope has been attached to the rock, to help you climb down the 3 metre drop.

At the end of the gorge you will meet a dirt road. Turn left to arrive at the beautiful Gianiskari beaches for a swim or turn right to admire rock formations and a magnificent sea view on your way back to Paleochora (about one hour walk).

 

Walk - hilltop chapel Profitis Ilias (Anidri)

We generally recommend for all walks decent shoes or trainers...flip flops are going to be unsuitable! Be sure to take water, a sun hat & sun protection with you!
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To get to the hilltop chapel before Anidri - which is called Profitis Ilias - you turn right at the road down the hill just before the Anidri village sign, you basically follow the same path as if going to the entrance to the Anidri Gorge. But don't go that far - at the second bend, there is a track heading towards the hill. Follow it down hill until you reach olive grove terraces. At the foot of the hill, there is a faint path up the first couple of terraces, keep a little to the left, there is a fence and eventually a gate, go through the gate and from there the path is very clear and zigzags up the hill. It takes about 25 minutes from where you leave the main road.  

Arriving at the top enjoy the wonderful 360 degree view with mountains and down the gorge till the Gianiskari beaches, before you head down same path like up to continue your way to either Anidri or Paleochora.