Crete is divided into four regions. We live in the northwest region called Hania named after it’s major city. The Naval base (NSA Souda Bay) and our new home is on a helmet shaped penisula called the Akrotiri Penisula. We are presently living in a town called Stavros and it’s big claim to fame is that Zorba the Greek (starring Anthony Quinn) was filmed here. I can see why they chose this location…beautiful secluded beach cove and stunning cliffs.
A long hike up to “the Zorba cave” revealed some really amazing views over the peninsula but the cave itself was merely an enormous cavern completely filled with goat droppings. I didn’t stay long – just long enough to score some great photos.
The day after we arrived on the island we couldn’t wait to explore so we set off for a hike up in the hills starting at an old monastery called Agia Gouverneto. The rocky path started at the top of a hill and descended quickly down to the ruins of Kathaliko Monastery. Eventually the path winds down through a giant gorge and ends at the sea. This hike has continued to be our favorite to this day.