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Journeys : October November 2009
there is no road access at the end of the gorge, although motorists ca n still experience some of the wonders of the gorge. By continuing a circuit from Matala along the souther n coast via the Venetian fortress of Frangokastello, the road leads the motorist to the port of Hora Sfakion. Here you can safely leave your car and catch the ferry for a short ride to Agua Roumeli, where the Samarian Gorge ends. By using this town as a beginning rather than an end, it is only a four-and-a-half kilometre walk from here to the nar rowest and most impressive part of the gorge -- the Iron Gates. Here, the towering gorge walls are only three and a half metres apart and it is the place where budding photographers spend most of their time. In places, these gorge walls reach five hundred metres in height; while in length, the gorge has claim s to being Europe's longest. The retur n trip is a walk back along the gorge followed by a necessary and welcoming swim in the clear blue waters of Agua Roumeli before catching the ferry to Hora Sfakion where your car awaits. Continuing on this jour ney, seventy kilometres north of Hora Sfakion is the delightful for mer capital of Crete, Hania. Hania's old harbour and its Venetian Quarter make it a mecca for tourists, while a leisurely eighty kilometres further east on Crete's main highway is Rethym no. It also has a Venetian Quarter and an impressive Venetian fortress overlooking the harbour. There's also a great beach. The route for the motorist back to Iraklion would be incomplete without a five kilometre detour to Crete's most famous and impressive tourist attraction -- Knossos. Home to the mythical Minotaur who prowled the ma ze under the palace of King Minos, the r uin of Knossos has been largely reconstr ucted. This helps give a feeling for what Minoan life was like, and is certainly the climax of your motoring adventure in Crete. Mythology tells us that Theseus, who slew the Minotaur, unravelled a ball of string in order to pilot his way through the maze under Knossos and find his way out -- these days, you'll need no such help to navigate your way on a motoring holiday around this fascinating Greek island. Hania Knossos Destinations 21 October / November 09
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