Books, Guides & Maps
Books, Guides and Maps
Recommended Books, Guides and Maps
Guides and Maps (linked to Amazon)
Crete Top 10 (Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guides) by Robin Gauldie
Crete (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) by Victoria Kyriakopoulos
Living in Crete: A Guide to Living, Working, Retiring and Buying Property in Crete by Carol Palioudakis
Crete West: Rother Walking Guide by Gert Hirner, Jakob Murböck, and Gill Round
Western Crete (Landscapes) by Jonnie Godfrey and Elizabeth Karslake
AA Twinpack Crete (AA TwinPack Guides) (AA TwinPack Guides) by AA Publishing
Recommended Plant Handbooks
This list is provided by Clive Daws and Stephen Waters Pure Crete's guides on the 'Crete in Bloom' tour.
Prices (where indicated) are approximate).
Blamey, Marjorie and Grey-Wilson, Christopher (1993 onward) Mediterranean Wild Flowers / Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean.
Fielding, John and Turland, Nicholas (2005) Flowers of Crete. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Papiomitoglou, Vangelis (2006) Wild Flowers of Crete. Mediterraneo Editions, Rethymno, Crete, Greece. £16.50. ISBN 9608227771.
Orchids (Remember that nearly all orchid species are spring-flowering.)
Kretzschmar, Horst, Kretzschmar, Gisela and Eccarius, Wolfgang (2004)
Other books, including older and more specialised works
Many of these, inevitably, are out of print but are worth considering if you can spot them secondhand at a favourable price.
Alibertis, Antonis (1998) The Orchids of Crete and Karpathos. Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Alibertis, Chryssoula and Antonis (1989) The Wild Orchids of Crete. Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Clauser, Marina and Innocenti, Andrea (1999) The Flora of Crete. Bonechi, Firenze, Italy.
Fletcher, Neil (2007) Mediterranean Wild Flowers. Dorling Kindersly. Pocket guide, covering about 300 species, organised by flower
Huxley, Anthony and Taylor, William (1989) Flowers of Greece and the Aegean. Hogarth Press, London. Has helpful additional information, e.g. on herbal uses of plants, and their local Greek names.
Jahn, Ralf and Schönfelder, Peter (1995) Exkursionsflora für Kreta. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart.
Polunin, Oleg (1980) Flowers of Greece and the Balkans. Oxford University Press.
Schönfelder, Ingrid and Peter (1990) Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean. Collins, London.
Sfikas, George (1987) Wild Flowers of Crete. Efstathiadis, Athens, Greece.
Sterry, Paul (2000) Collins Complete Mediterranean Wildlife Photoguide. Harper Collins, London. A wide range of illustrations - but don’t be misled by the word ‘complete’ - there’s no way of getting photos of everything into one fieldguide.
Grove, A.T. and Rackham, Oliver (2003) The Nature of Mediterranean Europe An Ecological History. Yale University Press, New Haven and London.
Rackham, O. and Moody, J.A. (1996) The Making of the Cretan Landscape. Manchester University Press.
Checklists and Distribution Atlases
Barclay, Colville (1986) Crete, Checklist of the Vascular Plants. Englera, 6. Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum, Berlin - Dahlem.
Turland, N.J., Chilton, L. and Press, J. (1993) Flora of the Cretan Area. Annotated Checklist and Atlas. HMSO (Natural History Museum), London.
Chilton, L. and Turland, N.J. (1997) Flora of Crete A Supplement. Marengo Publications, Retford, Nottinghamshire. Additions and updates to the 1993 book
Small-scale maps covering the whole of Crete can be bought at bookshops, and are normally provided with hired cars. More detailed maps can be ordered through various suppliers including:
Main maps available are:
Road Editions 1:100,000
Anavasi 1:50,000 Ringbound Road & Touring Atlas
Anavasi 1:25,000 White Mountains and Mount Ida areas.
For motoring, the Harms-ic-Verlag and Road Editions 1:100,000 maps have good readability with about the right level of detail for navigation. They do not have any indexes to help in finding rural villages but do include street plans of the big towns (Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos). Road Editions street plans are good, even indicating one-way streets, and their maps also show fuel stations in town and country. Both publishers’ maps have double-sided printing which gives economical coverage, with the whole island on two sheets - indeed the Harms-ic-Verlag ‘West’ map extends all the way to Heraklion and Knossos. A cautionary note with both brands: handle with care, because the paper has a tendency to wear out at the folds.
For general walking and cycling, the Anavasi 1:100,000 maps are very good, with a high level of detail, and are durable, being printed on tough paper which is also water-resistant. There are no street plans, but there are indexes to help locate the villages. Printing is single-sided, so three sheets are needed to cover the island. Fuel stations are indicated. Bear in mind when motoring with Anavasi maps that the ‘yellow’ roads are generally unsurfaced and not suitable for hired cars.
The ring-bound 1:50,000 Anavasi Road & Touring Atlas has about the same level of detail as the 1:100,000 maps but the larger scale makes it easier to read quickly - useful for motoring navigation. It is a good strong product but rather large and heavy for walking or cycling, because it has 160 pages, nearly A4 size.
If you plan any mountain walking, get the relevant 1:25,000 Anavasi maps. They are very detailed and include notes about various suggested routes. For use with a GPS unit or similar device, the Anavasi sheet maps are recommended; they specifically claim to be GPS-compatible. Their latitude and longitude markings are clearer than those on Harms and Road Editions maps, and correspond better with GPS readings.
The Anavasi Road &Touring Atlas does not show latitude and longitude but does show (albeit less clearly than one might wish) lines of the Greek National Grid (EGSA 87). At least some GPS units are capable of showing positions as references on this grid, though they may need manual provision of the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) settings. The values normally quoted are:
Battle of Crete - Military History
The Cretan Runner: His Story of the German Occupation by George Psychoundakis and Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Fall of Crete (Cassell Military Paperbacks) by Alan Clark
Crete: The Battle and the Resistance by Antony Beevor
The Golden Step: A Walk Through the Heart of Crete (Armchair Traveller) by Christopher Somerville
Falling for Icarus: A Journey Among the Cretans by Rory MacLean
'To the Greeks Crete seems the most authentically Greek of all the islands because of the lengh of its history and relative remoteness from the ancient centres of war and diplomacy. Crete,for example, played no part in the Persian or the Peloponnesian wars.
'The big island' Crete is always called in the colloquial tongue, and big it is, spacious and full of the brooding presence of its four groups of mountains.
The Cretans have seen everything - the collapse of the Minoan Empire, the rise of Venice, the slave markets of Turkey, Nazi parachutists and American hippies, nothing has been spared them.' Extract from Lawrence Durrell's The Greek Islands.
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