Flowers of Crete

Jeep holidays, excursions and outings into remote areas of the Greek island of Crete to find rare, endemic and beautiful flowers, remote shrines and sanctuaries in spectacular scenery. Visit traditional tavernas, ancient churches and quiet beaches.
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Himantoglossum samariense - rare and endangered orchid which flowers in late May and early June in the mountains of Crete

Himantoglossum samariense - rare and endangered orchid which flowers in late May and early June in the mountains of Crete

The beautiful Ophrys heldreichii

The beautiful Ophrys heldreichii

The wonderfully vibrant seeds of the endemic Cretan paeony

The wonderfully vibrant seeds of the endemic Cretan paeony

The largest Hypericum growing on Crete - Hypericum hircinum ssp albimontanum.  Usually found in the west of the island but this one and many more in bloom in the Thripti mountains.

The largest Hypericum growing on Crete - Hypericum hircinum ssp albimontanum. Usually found in the west of the island but this one and many more in bloom in the Thripti mountains.

Lactuca alpestris - a summer endemic from the high mountains of Crete.

Lactuca alpestris - a summer endemic from the high mountains of Crete.

The fabulous pink flowers of the endemic Paeonia clusii found in eastern Crete

The fabulous pink flowers of the endemic Paeonia clusii found in eastern Crete

And the more usual white variety of Paeonia clusii

And the more usual white variety of Paeonia clusii

Aubretia deltoids on the path to the Kallergi Refuge

Aubretia deltoids on the path to the Kallergi Refuge

Flowering in autumn and early winter in the meadows around Elounda, Narcissus tazzeta

Flowering in autumn and early winter in the meadows around Elounda, Narcissus tazzeta

Phoenix theophrasti - the native palm growing in the only natural palm forest in Europe at Vai in eastern Crete

Phoenix theophrasti - the native palm growing in the only natural palm forest in Europe at Vai in eastern Crete

Fabulous delicate seedhead

Fabulous delicate seedhead

Driving through snow drifts in the high mountains of the Lefka Ori

Driving through snow drifts in the high mountains of the Lefka Ori

A happy bee on a high plateau gathering pollen from the thistles.

"A happy bee on a high plateau gathering pollen from the thistles.

The rare endemic orchid, Himantoglossum samariense

The rare endemic orchid, Himantoglossum samariense

Seed pods of the endemic Vincetoxicum creticum.

Seed pods of the endemic Vincetoxicum creticum.

Girls day out at an isolated traditional taverna in the Thripti mountains in eastern Crete. Wonderful mountain lamb and local wine!

Girls day out at an isolated traditional taverna in the Thripti mountains in eastern Crete. Wonderful mountain lamb and local wine!

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