Guide Books, Literature & Hiking Maps – Hiking in Crete

The following books are some of many we would recommend for reading before, during, and after your trip with us to Normandy. Some are what we would call ‘background’ reading, some are specific to the trip you will be doing, and all are excellent preparation and fun to read, counting the days before your holiday begins…

GUIDE BOOKS / LITERATURE

THE MAKING OF THE CRETAN LANDSCAPE
Author: Oliver Rackham, Jennifer Moody, Publisher: Manchester University Press
Crete seems to be more of a continent than simply another island. Within its territory, the landscape changes dramatically, with incredible contrasts in temperature and scenery. Crete is 245km long and 50 km wide. With nearly 20 ranges, many of which approach 2000 meters, the mountains dominate the island, but also by the sea that encircles it. The making of the present Cretan landscape is a combination of both human and natural factures. In Rackham and Moody’s excellent book, one may explore in greater detail the interaction of these two factors and how they affect Crete today.
Making of the Cretan Landscape by Oliver Rackham
THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF CRETE
Author: Loraine Wilson, Publisher: Cicerone
Iconic peaks reflected in tranquil mountain lakes, sweeping hillsides blanketed in wild flowers and dramatic, sprawling glaciers characterize the Alps. Discover why this mighty range, the birthplace of modern mountain walking has enthralled walkers for centuries. Detailed descriptions of 47 walks in the Austrian, French, German, Italian, Slovenian and Swiss Alps. Feature coverage of multicountry megawalks, Tour du Mont Blanc and Walkers’ Haute Route. Two-color maps for every walk.
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High Mountains of Crete by Cicerone
HISTORY OF CRETE
Author: Theocharis Detorakis
Theocharis Detorakis is Professor of Byzantine Philology at the University of Crete. His love for his home island led him early in his career to focus his academic work on its complex and eventful history. He is a well known authority on Crete and has published extensively on subjects ranging from the island’s history to its language and folklore. In 1985 he was awarded the Nikos Kazantzakis prize for the quality and range of his scholarly work. In 1993 he was also awarded the title of Archon megas Protonotarios of the Hol and Great Church by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
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History of Crete