Back to Crete for the seventh walk in Christian Peter’s series.
7. From Sougia to Agia Roumeli – Crete
a. One of the wildest and most difficult walks on Crete is the one along the coastline between Sougia and Agia Roumeli. But it is rewarding as it offers not only a great variety of natural beauties, but also access to the Gorge of Tripiti which as “a clandestine landing point for the whole of the area” played a major role during the occupation. In his book “The Stronghold” Xan Fielding describes it as “a needle-narrow opening in the littoral ramparts, which travelers until recently believed to be inaccessible except by sea” (p. 55). The Tripiti gorge marks the border between the provinces of Selino and Sfakiá and offers insights into the “highland labyrinth” above Koustogerako which during WW II “was probably the only habitable area in the whole of Crete which could have sheltered in safety such a vast clandestine concourse as ours had been (Xan Fielding; Hide and Seek, p. 167).