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Distance

5.78 mi

Elevation gain

1,109 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,109 ft

Max elevation

2,054 ft

Trailrank

64

Min elevation

1,116 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

2 hours 47 minutes

Time

4 hours 5 minutes

Coordinates

1670

Uploaded

November 28, 2019

Recorded

November 2019
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2,054 ft
1,116 ft
5.78 mi

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near Epáno Loúmas, Crete (Greece)

Moderate walk, through both easy to follow walled pathways and more difficult to follow narrow shepherd and sheep trails although not many signposts to help guide you.
Typical hill walk which takes you through lots of thorny bushes and scrubs, so proper trousers and shoes are required.
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Start

Park near the building viewpoint and walk back towards the village
Waypoint

Turn Right

Turn right by the road sign and follow the footpath
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Keep on main track

follow track to the left
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Turn right onto footpath between two rock walls

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Follow track

Follow path, a bit rocky underfoot, two large diameter black pipes also follow this track.
Door

Gate

Gate to pass through and close
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View

View of pathway
Waypoint

Turn Right

Footpath leads onto roadway, take the right of roadway and follow
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keep between walls

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stay by wall

Stay by wall
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Follow narrow path going up

The path a bit narrow and windy that climbs steadily. A typical mud trail made by walkers and livestock.
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View

Typical pathway
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Take path to right of wall

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Rough Pathway

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Fence to your right

Follow fence to where three fences meet and go through gate there
Door

Fence

Go through fence and follow easier footpath
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Trail leads onto wide pathway

Keep straight ahead on wide pathway/road
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Keep left

Trail leads onto concrete roadway
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Follow concrete pathway

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Looking back on pathway

Junction where you take the left trail
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Water stop at first monastery, Timos Stavros in Kardamoutsa

The male monastery of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross) in Kardamoutsa is built very close to the village Karydi, at an altitude of 540m. Although the surrounding area is dry and rocky, there grow many trees, especially hollies. At the entrance of the monastery stands a huge oak tree, where according to tradition, whoever cuts off a branch will lose their hand. The temple of the Holy Cross is quite large and is definitely worth a visit, as the monastery is considered a jewel of Christian architecture. Around you will see the impressive, but ruined, complex of the monastery that was built like a fortress in several stages (from 15th to 18th century). The monastery was at it's height during the Venetian Era but nowadays only one monk lives here. Around the main church is remnants of old monk cells, old graves, tanks, warehouses, a dining room, a stable, an olive oil mill,and a creamery. The monastery is celebrated on September 14, when people stay in a guesthouse in the restored building . The monastery is continually being renovated
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Path to second Monastry

Keep to pathway between walls, slightly over marked by blue and red circles
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Continue on following signs

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Past fence

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view

Sight on second Monastery, stopped for lunch here
Monument

Monastery Areti

The Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Areti is located next to the village Karydi (close to Neapolis) in a dry and isolated area of Mirabello province. Along with the neighboring Kardamoutsa monastery, they were the most important monasteries of the area (This area has the most monasteries than any other place in Crete). Indeed, it once managed to buy seven other monasteries in the region. Ruined for many years, it was lately restored and is currently inhabited by monks. The monastery was founded at the end of the 16th century by Markos Papadopoulos, who also bequeathed it great wealth, enough for the upkeep of twelve monks. Notary documents confirm its peak during the 17th century as they mention the multitude of its transactions with other monasteries or individuals. Despite its destruction by the Turks during the revolution of 1821, it continued to function, renovating a part of its buildings ­towards the end of the 19th century, until 1930 when it was deemed soluble. The monastery was reconstituted in 1955-56, while during the 1990s it was ­restored in its entirety. The building complex develops at a gradient ­because of the sloping ground and forms around two courtyards. Around the smaller of the two, the south one, where the main entrance is found, are workshops and ancillary spaces, such as the olive-press, the wine treadle and the stables. In the central courtyard is the large catholicon dedicated to the Holy Trinity, renovated in 1880-81, and the chapel of St. Lazarus, possibly of a funerary nature. Around the catholicon in two-storey buildings are the cells and the remaining main spaces of the monastery. In the ­catholicon are preserved noteworthy icons of the Cretan School, of the 17th century, with those of the Holy Trinity, the Lady of the Angels and Pentecost, which were all painted by the hand of the same anonymous painter, being the most important. From afar, the monastery resembles a fortress, as a part of it is fortified, being one of the five the most important fortified monasteries in Crete. There is a gallery at its entrance, which leads to large vaulted storage rooms, the barn and the main gate of the courtyard. In the main courtyard there are tanks and several buildings. There are cells, kitchen, bakery, metalwork room and other rooms. Outside the closed enclosure there are two large open tanks, an olive oil mill and a creamery, while you will see 12 ancient cypress trees that symbolize the 12 Apostles. The monastery main church is located in the center of the enclosure and is a single-spaced barrel-vaulted church with a pointed archly doorway. The bell bears the inscription 1618. There is a second Venetian temple, dedicated to Saint Lazarus that probably had a funerary character. Finally, the small chapel of St. Makarios of Egypt was founded lately, in a small room. Despite the records showing that Markos Papadopoulos founded the Monastery there is still another legend about how the Areti Monasterywas built. During the Venetian Occupation of Crete, a local worked at one of the several Venetian ports of Crete and developed close relations to some Venetians. One of them invited him to Venice for the wedding of his daughter. There, he heard some guests discussing about his homeland, Crete. The Venetians being unaware that the Greek guy could speak Italian, they planned to go at the current position of Areti Monastery and dig up a treasure that was hidden there. They also said that whoever would first pull the cauldron lid, in which the treasure was hidden, would die. The Cretan who heard it all, visited the area and searched for the cauldron. Indeed, he found the pot and tied the lid of the cauldron to a donkey, thus when the animal walked, the pot was uncovered and the poor animal died! So, the guy became very wealthy and, being grateful to god for his good luck, he built the monastery of Areti in this rocky and barren place.
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Continue on after site to the left of steps

Rough trail to follow
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past fence

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keep on dirt track

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By tree turn left on same track

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Through trees

Past trees and over small rock wall
Monument

View to abandoned village and the road that you are aiming for

This ruined village was once homes to the workers that originally grew crops and maintained ivestock for the monasterys until the local supermarkets took over and they were abandoned.
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Turn right by pens down to road

Intersection

Road

At the road turn right and follow
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Keep on road

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Off road and follow trail on the right

Just after a rough tracked cross roads turn off to the right and follow a dirt track going towards the trees. A little further where the wall has an opening, go over the top and follow trail between the walls
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Combination of dirt and rock trail

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Turn right on roadway

Door

gate

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Tarmac road turn left

Intersection

At tree pathway

At pathway by tree turn right and follow rough trail
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Wall passage way

Stay on this walled passage way
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Across the road keeping to the walled passage way

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view of pathway

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Aross tarmac road following walled pathway

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Last building on pathway

Turn left and back to parked cars
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Back to starting point

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