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Skinaka observatory, Crete, Greece


A visit to Crete, island of Greece

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

In September, 2018 we visited Crete, island of Greece. When doing investigating about observatories at Crete we found the Skinaka observatory. Great, that could be a part of our adventures at Crete we thought.

On our sixth day at Crete we rent a Jeep to get us to two archaeological excavations, when that done we planned to visit the Skinaka observatory on the way home. But on that day we got bad weather and we had to interrupt our travel up to the mountain top and the observatory. Still I can show some photos of the exiting road up the mountain. Maybe could be useful if you plan to visit this observatory in the future.

The road from Moirai to the Skinaka observatory, Crete:

The Google map over our route. We had to interrupt about half ways, signed "Unnamed Road" in the map:

Moirai:

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

Fasten the seat belt, here we go!

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

The white buildings you see in front of us is the village Gregeri.

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

This is not a road for fast driving, more like 50 km/h and much slower sometimes.

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

This view have following us the whole day, a mountain covered by clouds. That's where we are going now, to the observatory.

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

Gergeri:

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

Now we had passed the village Gergeri, altitude of 488 meters.

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

We come closer and closer to the clouds, we hopped that they should disappeared before we arrived.

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

Rouvas:

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

We are close to the Rouvas forest, described as a beautiful place.

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

You don't want to come to close to the edge of the road, very step outside.

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

Gunilla is driving the Jeep safely upwards the mountain. I hold the camera up through the sunroof and take as many photos as I can.

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

Oh ... this does not look good!

Turn around point:

The road from Agio Deka to the Skinaka observatory, Crete

Now we only see about 20 meters in front of us. It does not feels safe to drive all the way to Skinaka observatory anymore, more then 20 kilometers left. There's no meaning to drive further with these clouds because you will not see anything of the observatories.

The distance from Moirai up to here is about 22 km. I guess the altitude is about 700 meters.

Here you can read about what we are missing, links to read more about the Skinaka observatory:

Among others they have a 1.3 meter Ritchey-Chretien telescope.


Google map's bird eye view of the Skinaka:


The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

Google map shows the road up to Skinaka:

We came from South, but it has been pissible to take the roads from North also. At lest what we could read.


Ok, let us go downwards, we will not take the same road down more than the first part. We now heading for Heraklion and then home to the hotel. As you maybe already know, when driving a car down a step road for long time you can't only use the brakes, let the engine brake for you with a low gear, you use the same gear as you do when driving upwards, second gear maybe. If you only use the brakes they will overheat and a dangerous situation will occur.

From here down to Agia Varvara and road 97 about 13 km, see the Google map below:


The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The clouds get lower now, we felt happy about that we decided to interrupt the tour to the Skinaka observatory.

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

Just above the village Gergeri and the water reservoir.

Gergeri:

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

What are a football field doing up here at this altitude?

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The village Gergeri which we have to pass through.

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

Lot of narrow passages.

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

Panasos:

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

Panasos, another small village to pass through.

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

A new highway with a bridge and a tunnel is under construction.

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

They seem to build a tunnel below the village.

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

Road 97:

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

The road down from the turning point to the valley and road 97, Crete

Down at the valley and road 97. Was it worth the time to go to the mountain as long we came, we already know before that we maybe couldn't go all the way. Definitely, it was very exiting to drive along those small roads with the view.

You have the full Crete travel report here:

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