Houmeri - Garazo

Crete

Trail Houmeri - Garazo
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From Houmeri, the European E4 path reaches Garazo, after coming through the villages Agios Syllas and Dafnedes. The path offers good views to the lush olive groves of Milopotamos province, the river Geropotamos coming by the villages Agios Syllas and Dafnedes and the nice square of Garazo.

However, the most striking highlight of the route is the abandoned village Mousses (or Moussi), located in a ravine before reaching Garazo. The E4 comes close to the village, so beware not to overcome this. The village hosted mainly watermills for grinding grain with the power of the flowing river. When technology arrived, the village was abandoned because the mills where not used anymore for grinding. We still see the mills and the houses in quite good condition, while the church of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross) is standing intact.

Lastly, we reach the village of Garazo with the nicely formed square, where we can stop for a coffee or food. It is interesting to visit the local folklore collection and wander around the old part of the settlement and see the stone built houses and the springs that once watered locals. We can then descend to the lush green position of Kato Vrissi, near the chapel of Saint George, from where water for the first refreshments' business was used.

 

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: E4 trail
  • Length (km): 8
  • Difficulty (0-10): 1
  • Hiking Hours: 3:00
  • Accessibility: Paved road, Dirt track

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