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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 and a special offer by our Eleonas Country Village at Zaros Village,

Eleonas provides free for its guests : The walking map, Walking sticks, 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. At the village of Panagia nowadays only 3-4 people still live there .
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 ( Eleonas offers 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, Orchis simia, Barlia robertiana, Orchis italica, Orchis papilionacea, Orchis collina, Ophrys tenthedinifera, Ophrys cretina -ssp .adiadne

4. Day drive to the village Saktouria and Melampes.
We drive between Melampes and Saktouria ( Eleonas offers 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, Ophrys spruneri- ssp. grigoriana, Ophrys bombyflora, Ophrys omegaifera, Ophrys tenthredinifera, Ophrys phryganea, Ophrys iricolor, Orchis italica white form, Ophrys cretica

5. Day drive to the village between Spili and Ano Meros. 
We drive between Spili -Ano meros ( Eleonas offers 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, Orhrys candica, Orhrys sicula, Orhrys cretica, Anacamptis Pyramidalis, Gradioolus italicus, Euphordia characias, Pholomis cretensis,  Arum creticum, Orhrys heldreichii

6. Day drive to the village Kouroutes and Nithavris.
We drive between Kouroutes and Nithavris . (Eleonas offers 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 :  Orchis papilionacea, Ophrys cretica, Ophrys phryganea, Ophrys candica, Serapias orientalis, Ophrys candica

Source : Eleonas Country Villages

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