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April - Visit a unique paradise of rare orchids.

Individual walks for Orchids in nearby area.

Botanically rich, the island of Crete is a unique paradise of rare orchids! Crete has such a rich and diverse flora because of its location - set between the Greek mainland and the coast of North Africa and, to the east, Israel and the Near East. In Crete you can find more than 70 species and fourteen orchids are endemic to Crete- of these, Cephellantera cucullata, Himantoglossum samariense, and Epipactis cretica.

Visit small villages and unique locations in Cretan mainland, explore the magnificent Cretan nature and admire the amazing orchids!

All the tours  are for  individuals without a guide ,

We provide free for our guests

ü  The walking map

ü  Walking sticks

ü  Gps address where the Orchids locate and what of species.

1. short walk from eleonas , the way of the Gorge and the lake of zaros .

An  easy walk with start from Eleonas country village  , walking amongst the river of Rouvas Gorge , ancient olive trees and carob trees  until the Monastery St Nikolaos  and then towards to the lake of votomos,

Orchids species that you can find in this area .

  • Ophrys phryganae
  • Ophrys cretica
  • Orhrys collina
  • Orhrys candica
  • hermodactylus tuberosus
  • Orchis simia
  • Serapias orientalis

 

2. Day ,drive to village panagia

We drive to the next  village Panagia  ,we park the car and after a short walk 5 minutes , there is a big meadow full with flowers .

the distance from eleonas country village to Panagia is 5.8 km around 13min.

Orchids species that you can find in this area .

  • Ophrys heldreichii
  • Anacamptis pyramidalis
  • Orchis simia
  • Ophrys spruneri
  • Serapias bergonii
  • Barlia robertiana
  • Ophrys Phrygana

3. Day  drive  to the south coast near to the village  kouses

We drive to the Village Kouses a little outside ( we offer map and gps for the exactly location)  ,the distance from eleonas country village to kousee is 23km around 35min , we park the car and after a short walk about  10 minutes , and we find a big meadow full with orchids  .

Orchids species that you can find in this area .

  • Ophrys cretica
  • Ophrys tethredinifera
  • Ophrys sphegodes
  • Ophrys cretensis
  • Ophrys bombyliflora
  • Anacamptis pyramidalis
  • Aceras anthropophorum
  • Ophrys cinereophila

 

4. day drive  to the village Saktouria and Melampes

We drive between Melampes and Saktouria ( we offer map and gps for the exactly location)  ,the distance from eleonas country village to Saktouria and melampes is 52 km around 1 hour 10min ,

There are 2 different  big meadows nearby  with many orchids and flowers  .

Orchids species that you can find in this area .

  • Ophrys papilionacea
  • Orchis quadripunctata
  • Orchis collina
  • Orchis pauciflora
  • Ophrys sicula
  • Ophrys Fusca -ssp. creberrima
  • Ophrys cretca- ssp. ariadne
  • Ophrys fusca -ssp. basilissa

5. day drive to the village between Spili and Ano Meros

We drive between  Spili -Ano meros  ( we offer map and gps for the exactly location)  ,the distance from eleonas country village to Spili -Ano meros   is 44 km around 1 hour 16min ,

There are 2 different  big meadows nearby  with many orchids and flowers  .

Orchids species that you can find in this area .

  • Orchis lactea
  • Orchis pauciflora
  • Orchis laxiflora
  • Orhrys sphegodes
  • Orhrys phryhanea
  • Orhrys trethidinifera
  • Orhrys candica
  • Orhrys herea
  • Orchis quadripunctata

6. day drive to the village Kouroutes  and  Nithavris .

We drive between  Kouroutes  and  Nithavris .  ( we offer map and gps for the exactly location)  ,the distance from eleonas country village to Kouroutes  and  Nithavris . is 26km  km around 40 min ,

Orchids species that you can find in this area .

  • Ophrys candica
  • Serapias orientalis
  • Ophrys candica
  • Orchis papilionacea
  • Ophrys cretica
  • Ophrys phryganea