Lefka Ori (White Mountains|) cover the largest part of the prefecture of Chania and re the largest mountain range in Crete, 50km in length and 25km in width. With approximately 50 peaks with an altitude higher than 2000m, the White Mountains are generally the highest massif on the island. The snow covers most peaks until June and the alpine areas above 2000m are bare of vegetation and water. The bare peaks consist mainly of large stones and gravel, which makes climbing on the steep slopes very difficult. The White Mountains are home to rare species of animals, birds and reptiles, with the most famous being the endemic wild goat of Crete, the Kri Kri.
The minaret, covered in scaffolding and undergoing restoration, was an addition to the Neratze mosque, known as the Church of Santa Maria during Venetian times. The minaret, based on a design of local engineer Giorgos Daskalakis, was added in 1890. The mosque is now mainly used for lectures, concerts and theatre performances. When I first started visiting Crete, around 1990, I was able to climb to the top of the minaret, which gave wonderful views of the old town of Rethymnon and its surroundings. Unfortunately, I was not into photography then, so cannot show you the views!
V’s 1 & 2 were taken on a bright sunny day a couple of weeks ago, V.3 was taken on an overcast day a week ago.