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Sea Kayak in Milatos

Sea Kayak in Milatos

Product Code : 4949

About The Place

Elounda, a picturesque coastal town nestled on the northeastern coast of Crete, Greece, is a gem that seamlessly combines natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. As you step into this idyllic destination, you are greeted by a tapestry of azure waters, lush landscapes, and a captivating blend of ancient charm and modern luxury.

Geographically, Elounda boasts stunning views of the Mirabello Bay, with the historical island of Spinalonga standing as a sentinel in the distance. The bay is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in the serene Mediterranean sea. Elounda itself is adorned with quaint beaches, such as Plaka Beach and Kolokitha Beach, where visitors can unwind and relish the sun-kissed shores.

The area surrounding Elounda is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The region is adorned with olive groves, aromatic herbs, and vibrant flora, creating a harmonious blend of colors and scents. The fauna is diverse, with migratory birds gracing the skies and marine life thriving in the pristine waters. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts will find an underwater wonderland, teeming with vibrant sea life and ancient relics.

Delving into the history of Elounda unveils layers of civilization that have shaped its character. Most notably, the nearby island of Spinalonga bears witness to a fascinating past. Originally a Venetian fortress, it later became a leper colony during the early 20th century, leaving behind a haunting yet compelling legacy. Guided tours to Spinalonga offer a glimpse into this poignant history, evoking a sense of reflection and understanding.

The cultural tapestry of Elounda is woven with threads of Cretan traditions and hospitality. The locals, known for their warm welcomes, are proud custodians of a heritage that spans centuries. Traditional villages surrounding Elounda, such as Mavrikiano and Epano Elounda, beckon visitors with their charming architecture, narrow streets, and inviting tavernas serving authentic Cretan cuisine. Exploring these villages is a journey through time, where the pace is unhurried, and every cobblestone tells a story.

Cretan culture is celebrated through festivals and events that showcase music, dance, and culinary delights. Visitors are encouraged to partake in these festivities, where the spirit of the island comes alive in a vibrant display of traditions and contemporary revelry.

For those seeking adventure, Elounda offers an array of activities. Boat trips to the island of Spinalonga provide a unique perspective of its history, while sailing enthusiasts can navigate the azure waters and discover hidden coves. Hiking trails crisscross the surrounding hills, offering panoramic views of the landscape. Additionally, the region is a golfer’s paradise, with the prestigious Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort boasting a challenging course against a backdrop of sea and mountains.

In conclusion, Elounda and its surrounding area in Crete are a harmonious blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and vibrant culture. Whether you’re basking on the beaches, exploring ancient ruins, savoring local delicacies, or immersing yourself in the warmth of Cretan hospitality, Elounda invites you to experience the essence of this enchanting corner of Greece.

 

Total Duration

  • 9 Hours

Full description

This sea kayak tour in Crete is exclusively designed for experienced paddlers. To participate in this trip, you must possess a minimum skill level of 3* according to British Canoeing standards. The area is known for its challenging conditions, with frequent big waves and strong winds. The total distance of the journey is approximately 27 km, and landing options along the route are limited. We provide high-quality composite kayaks from renowned brands such as Nigel Dennis, 3kymia, and Valley. If you have any uncertainties about your skills for this trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Trip Plan:

Starting from Milatos village and concluding near Elounda, this tour takes you past Spinalonga island, which historically served as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. The trip is suitable for individuals staying in various locations in the north Heraklion region, including Chersonissos, Malia, Stalis, Sissi, Anissara, and Heraklion town. Expect an exhilarating experience throughout this journey.

Given the trip’s exclusive nature for experienced paddlers, the briefing will focus on providing an overview of the journey and ensuring safety in rough waters. The area often experiences strong katabatic winds (offshore) and moderate-sized waves (1.5-2 meters) with short intervals between them. Our route begins at Milatos village and heads towards Aforesmenos cape. After reaching the cape, we will make our first stop, which will also serve as our lunch break. This section spans approximately 15 km without any landing spots. The landscape is stunning, featuring picturesque cliffs, a rugged coastline, and breathtaking views of eastern Crete. Following the lunch break, we will continue paddling towards the island of Spinalonga. Depending on the time available, we may make a quick stop before returning to the shore near Elounda.

Suitable Season: This tour is exclusively available from November to the end of March.

Transportation is provided for clients located in Heraklion. In certain cases, we may be able to arrange pick-ups from other locations along our route. If you require transportation and are uncertain about the possibilities, please feel free to reach out to us. When providing your hotel information, kindly ensure you include the exact location rather than just the name. Complimentary transport services are available.

 

What to Bring

  • Water ,Sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen, Swimsuit, Lycra shirt or any t-shirt ideally with UV protection.

  • You will also need shoes that you do not mind getting soaked as you will get your feet wet.

  • Ideally a light neoprene shoe will work great.

  • It is not required to wear shoes but they will help as the majority of the beaches are with small pebbles.

Itinerary

  • Starting Time 09:00
  • EndingTime 17:30

Meeting point

Milatos Marina 724 00

Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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