distance: 98Km total vertical gain: 1682m
Today we will be cycling towards the eastern part of the island and will end up in Rethimnon, having though to cross one of the most outstanding greenest districts of Chania region, Apokoronas.
Leaving behind cosmopolitan Platanias and the historical town of Chania, we cycle as a group until the 15th km where Mournies village marks the start of the first climb of the route. The length of the climb is 10kms and the elevation reads 400 meters. On the hilltop, slightly before Malaxa village (461m), the view pays us off, as from this point we can gaze the Souda Gulf and its coastline, Akrotiri cape and the seaside villages of Apokoronas.
From Malaxa village starts the stiff descent of 16 kms until the seaside village of Kalives. The scenery has already turned from rocky, sparse greenery to fully dense with tall impressive trees and gurgling rivers.
The next 8kms are uphill until Agioi Pantes village (49th km, 149 m).
The scenery is altering once again to cypress forest, and the route becomes fairly decent and leads us to Argiroupolis (62nd km, 1,5 m), to the feed zone of the day.
The next 22 kms lead us to the inland of Chania and Retimnon districts making our way through picturesque traditional communities with continuous alters of gradient sign of the terrain until Fratzeskiana (84th km, 258 m).
Here we witness another side of the diverse scenery with the dry stone sided narrow streets which is the last part of our route. After crossing through Gerani and then Violi Charaki, we almost reach Rethimnon for the final 5kms until we reach our finishing point for this stage.