It is an over used phrase but the Plakias area really is a walkers paradise, particularly in the spring when the fields are full of wild flowers and the air is heavy with the scent of herbs. The area provides walking for every level of fitness, from pleasant valley rambles to hikes into the islands highest mountains. The area around the Polychronakis family village of Agia Pelagia, just a 15 minute drive away, offers many pleasant valley walks taking in the abandoned village of Ano Mixourouma and the pretty village of Frati at the head of the Fratianos gorge. For the more energetic walker there are hikes around the foothills of Crete's highest mountain Psiloritis and further afield the White Mountain range which has over 50 peaks in excess of 2000 metres. A short stroll before dinner or a days hiking in the mountains, this area has something for everyone. Ask on arrival for more information on walking in the Plakias area.
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