Length 7 km (4.35 miles), terrain: flat
By John Griffith, Exotic Runs Editor. Thanks John! Visit his running blog, The Briars, here!
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I wanted to give this little route a dramatic name because I'm sorry to say the run itself was not the most entertaining even if the stories of the region are.
I stayed at Elounda Village on the North coast of Crete for a week and escaped the barbed wire and machine gun nests (not really) that keep the tourists in to go for short jog down to the local town.
|Seafront Tavernas all sell the same meals|
That said, it's a pretty seafront with multiple obligatory Tavernas ("The Ferryman" is regarded as the best although how much they paid the Thomson rep to say that I don't know). And you can gaze out across azure waters at the Venetian-built fortress town on the island of Spinalonga which served as a leper colony until as late as 1959.
|The Venetians knew how to build a fortress!|
Sadly the sea and the view are not a part of this route until you get to the village when you can join the seafront and run round to the port and beyond if you choose. I did about 7k out-and-back and yes, it was darn hot!