Paint Paleochora - Art CourseS IN Crete

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It often depends on weather conditions as to the best locations on any given day, however, to give you an idea of the type of locations we go to, here is small description of some of our favourites:

Nestling in the mountains surrounding Paleochora is the tiny village of Azogires. It is here, tucked away at the foot of the village boundaries, that you will find the small and beautiful Monastery of the 99 Holy Fathers. The Monastery is no longer in use by the Fathers, but is now a museum and the calm serenity that surrounds the site makes the perfect environment for artists to sit & create wonderful work, helped by the amazing light & tones of shade found at this high altitude.

Also found in the village of Azogires, but at the higher point of the village boundaries, is the natural spring with its beautiful fauna, butterflies & dragonflies, ice cold fresh mountain water pool & speckled shade from the hot summer sun.

High into the mountains, looking out over the valley towards the Lefka Ori mountains is the tiny church of 'Agios Giannis'. This is where you can feel the huge vastness of this wonderful island. Sit in the peace and quiet and soak up the alpine feeling - you might even see some snow on the mountain tops if you are visiting before June.

Situated between the mountain villages of Prodromi & Temenia, is the 13th Century church of Sotiros Christou. Hidden in it's courtyard and protected from the elements by the trees that surround it, this little stone gem thrills all who set eyes on her; and inside you get the opportunity to admire the surviving 13th Century frescoes.

Situated in the centre of Paleochora, the ruins of the old fort stand high above the town. From here it is possible to enjoy far reaching views along the south coast of Crete towards Sougia, see the town nestling on its peninsula below you, and watch the waves rolling onto the 1km long sandy beach.

A short car ride from town brings us to the coastal road leading to Gialiskari with its stunning beaches. But here, we are not interested in the beauty of a beach, but the chance to sit beneath a Tamarisk tree whilst taking time to appreciate the coastal view of the famous Paleochora "Croc's Head" mountain, or turn around and face the view of Paleochora itself, jutting out into the blue Lybian Sea.

GRAMMENO - The Peninsula
To the west of Paleochora we come to another peninsula, but this one is full of golden sand & wild shrubbery, and at certain times of the year it is home to hundreds of tiny white lillies, sprouting from the sand in little groups. From here you can enjoy the natural surroundings, or sit close to the water and take in the western view of Paleochora; a very different view from that experienced on the eastern coast road.

At the opposite side of the peninsula, Grammeno gives away its secret - a shallow and sweeping sandy bay, backed by Tamarisks and in the distance, the wild and rugged natural rock formation of the peninsula with its beautiful & peaceful aura.

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