The Omalos Plateau is Crete’s wild west, both in geography and in appearance. It’s in the middle of the White Mountains, where the highest peak spikes 2,452 metres into the sky. The plateau itself is 25 kilometres wide and circled by rocky peaks that wouldn’t look out of place in a John Wayne film. Its history resembles a western storyline, too. Rebels used to hide out here during the Turkish occupation of Crete. The views from this wide open space take in the Samaria Gorge. Measuring 16 kilometres in length, it’s the longest gorge in Europe, and it’s protected by World Biosphere status. During this trip, you’ll stop for a break in the rural village of Omalos. There are a couple of traditional tavernas here, and you’ll pop into one for a cup of tea or coffee. Keep an eye out for the cheese that’s on sale in the tiny village shops. It’s made from goats’ milk using ancient traditional methods.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.