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Cycling in Chania: Ligides - Agia – Kirtomado

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On the road of Pelekapina, where we can see old dependencies, the farms of Manos with wonderful buildings - most of them coming from Turkocracy - we keep cycling on the highway bridge and then we turn right at the next junction. We will soon arrive at Pervolia village, where we turn right at the junction to Pirgos. In the square, we turn right again and, after a while, we arrive at Ligides village. We keep moving west, parallel to the main street to Agia. All streets to the west through the orange fields lead to Oasi and Marmaras settlements. Then, we leave behind us the historical prison of Agia on the main road, a place of martyrdom for many Greek patriots during the German Occupation.

On the way to Agia, after the church, we will notice on the right a sign for the lake of Agia (B) that constitutes a wetland for hundreds of migrating bird species, but also a living place for many native species.The area belongs to the protected areas of NATURA 2000 European Protection Network. After stopping here, we keep cycling to Kirtomado. We continue cycling after the last house of this traditional village, following the main road near the river.

The setting here is magnificent, a present of the nature with plane trees, dense vegetation, orange and lemon trees. On our way we will meet two wonderful chapels, as well as an outdoor place to rest, and a tavern. After that, we will arrive in the center of Platanias. We return in Chania using the old national road through the seaside villages Agia Marina (C), Stalos and Kalamaki, which are crowded during the summer.