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Hippies, goats and hedgehogs. Jonathan Cowie ventures off the tourist trail in south east Crete

It seemed like the perfect detox trip away: a week in a Cretan mountain village 15 minutes from deserted beaches. Seven days of sea swimming, mountain running and healthy living. But sometimes life gets in the way of the best-laid plans. So, when you find yourself going to buy moonshine raki with a local shepherd and returning instead with a homemade cheese, a small dog called Frou Frou and a hedgehog, it is probably best to just go with the flow.


South east Crete is somewhat off the tourist trail. Away from the flesh pots of Malia and upscale resorts of Agios Nikolaos, it offers a more low-key and authentic experience. I was staying in Agios Ioannis, a partly ruined village overlooking the south coast. The nearest town is Ierapetra, which the Rough Guide to Crete rather unfairly describes as “pretty uninspiring”. The southernmost town in Europe, it is a bustling regional centre for agriculture with a Venetian fort and abandoned mosque as testament to its long and chequered history.

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