Summer Holiday in Crete August 2007

After several years of desire by my family, we booked a two weeks´ holiday in the Magic Life Club Lyktos near Ierapetra on the Greek island of Crete.

Ierapetra, the southernmost town of Europe (35th degree of latitude, more southern thanTunis!) is situated on the south coast in Cretes east, more than 100 km from Crete´s main city of Heraklion. In the surrounding there is rank soil with numerous greenhouses, where tiny bananas typical for the region were grown in former days; however, those bananas did not fit into the rules of the European community, thus they could not be exported. So, currently, those greenhouses are used for growing vegetables in winter. In the surroundings of Ierapetra, there are high mountains. The sea is crystal clear here and quite warm in August. The Magic Life club offers a comfortable ambience and lots of sporting possibilities.

Apart from two mountain bike tours, I did three walks (driving with the car to good places) and a one day boat cruise, not to forget two shopping tours to Ierapetra.

4.8.2007: Journey and arrival in the club

5.8.2007: Mountainbike tour to Schinokapsala

6.8.2007: Mountainbike tour along the southern coast

8.8.2007: A day in the Club

10.8.2007: Mountain walk into the Dikti mountains: from Selakano on the summit of Spathi Madharas (2.148 m)

11.8.2007: Shopping in Ierapetra

13.8.2007: A boat cruise from Agios Nikolaos to the former leprosy colony on the isle of Spinalonga

14.8.2007: Afendis Stavramenos (1.476 m) in the Thripti - mountains

15.8.2007: Along the southern coast by car, into the Pervolakia gorge and to the plateau of Ziros