An idyllic place in the middle of nowhere. Thats how I call the sleepy nest, Agios Ioannis.
Almost completely separated from the outside world. The only way to get to the village is either on a very bad gravel serpentine road, a hiking trail through a gorge, or by boat.
I have tried the way through the gorge and also the dirt road with the SUV, both recommendable and a real experience, but both very exhausting.
In this report I will tell you about the trip to Agios Ioannis by car, if you are interested in the hike you have to wait a few days until I find the time to write again! :)
Coming from Heraklion, take the Mires exit. It is the fifth exit after the airport. Keep going straight for about 30 minutes until you reach the village Agia Deka. Then turn left at the beginning
of the village in the direction of Vagionia. The way always goes straight ahead directly into the center of the village. There at the small village square, you come to a crossroads where you have
to turn left. From there you will also find some indications to the Thalori Guesthouse, which you can follow as it is the same direction.
It goes over a narrow but still well paved road steeply uphill over the ridge until you reach the junction where either you turn right to the Thalori Gueshouse or you continue straight to Ano Kapetaniana.
For those who choose the hike to Agios Ioannis, go to the parking of the Guesthouse to the right, for those who have a good vehicle and take the winding serpentine road into the village it just goes on straight. After about 500 meters, the asphalt road ends and it goes over a rocky really bad road to Agios Ioannis.
After the place Ano Kapetaniana are still about 30 to 45 minutes driving time in front of you, many curves and a lot of dust. Finally arrived at the bottom, there is a possibility to sit in the tavern to have a lunch. Unfortunately this option is not valid for the summer as all the village is closed. The place itself has only a stony beach but you can find great bays with fine sand to the east.
Youtube video of Agios Ioannis
The short video shows the town of Agios Ioannis and its surroundings. The small beautiful sandy beaches on the east side of the village are also to see.
some impressions of the trip
Here are some pictures I made on the bumpy ride.
Those who do not want to be lazy at the beach all day can make a great hike eastwards to the beautiful monastery Moni Koudouma. The path always leads uphill and downhill along the coast and is very easy to walk. You pass several beautiful bays and also a small church, Agios Antonios, which is half built into a cave. The hike is about 1.5 hours to the monastery and logically 1.5 hours back.