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Flowers of Crete

Elounda, Greece
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About Flowers of Crete
Day trips and holidays in all parts of Crete to discover rare and beautiful wild flowers in idyllic locations far from the beaten track, with artist and writer Julia Jones, President and Founder of the charitable trust Flowers of Crete,dedicated to protection and conservation of the native flora of the island. Trips can be tailor made for guests preferred interests and abilities. Choose from high mountains, sacred caves, Minoan shrines and sanctuaries, remote tavernas, wild flowers, birds of prey and much more. Experience secret and wonderful areas that most people will never get to see. Please enquire for more details. Although based in Elounda, mountain private trips are offered all around the island. Please ask for details.
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Keitht wrote a review Jun 2019
Gloucester, United Kingdom8043 contributions118 helpful votes
We had arranged a day out with Julia and had explained where we wanted to go. When she arrived she said she had gone out the previous day to 'recce' the route and it was impassable due to the heavy rain over winter and suggested an alternative. Our main requirement was simply to get out into the wilds so that was no problem. We're actually grateful that Julia had checked as otherwise I would have been the one removing rocks :-) 90% of the day was spent away from main roads, with the majority being on rough tracks, and we absolutely loved it. With the exception of Thripti, where we stopped for lunch, I don't think we saw any signage. We had a lovely, simple, lunch at a taverna in Thripti. Just a few side dishes and the biggest pork chop I have ever seen - and the tastiest. Colin worked very hard for us and never once let us down. Colin being Julia's much loved Suzuki Vitara :-)
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Willis H wrote a review Jun 2019
Carlisle, United Kingdom29 contributions35 helpful votes
A day out with Julia is simply not enough, I had to wait until we had completed our second trip with her before I felt it fair to write a review, and yes she is worth every penny. It is pointless trying to give an impression of what you will get from Julia as she endeavours to tailor a unique experience suitable for you, We were treated to a multitude of visual delights ranging from the botanical to the panoramic. Facets of Crete were opened up to us, all done with a cheerful charisma that is seldom encountered amongst most stuffy academicals. She has a wide knowledge of the flora of Crete and a way of showing you things that leaves you eager to learn more, we had little surprise moments with her repeatedly throughout both trips, some planned, some by pure chance and all were enchanting. If you get the chance to be taken somewhere to eat I would heartily recommend all the places she can take you. Cretan cuisine is an experience that is only enhanced by visiting some of the out of the way tavernas that Julia will find for you en-route to your next eye opening wonder. Crete is a marvel of rare and Diverse plants (And creatures) that are a wonder to see with Julia as your guide and mentor for the day, So get off the beaches and head for the hills, A whole new Crete awaits you
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Date of experience: May 2019
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judy wrote a review Jun 2019
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We had a day trip with Julia last week which will stay in our memory. It was like being out with an old friend and we chatted non stop. Her trusty 'Colin' the 4 by 4 had an appearance that was deceptive! He coped admirably with the off road terrain and it was great feeling the breeze and the smell of the flowers. Much better than a posh air conditioned jeep!And oh! the flowers. Although the orchids were over mostly, the swathes of others replacing them were stunning especially the sweet wild gladioli. We have just made her recipe for fig leaf ice cream and it comes highly recommended! A great day!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Julia J, Owner at Flowers of Crete
Responded Jun 4, 2019
Thank you both so much from Colin and myself :-) I am so glad you enjoyed your experience with me and made the fig leaf ice cream! I look forward to meeting you again in the not too distant future, either in the UK or in Crete.
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Patricia M wrote a review May 2019
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Just returned from an amazing day out with Julia Jones tracking down the beautiful wild flowers, growing in glorious profusion on the mountains around Elounda, Crete. Julia managed to manoeuvre her trusty jeep across mountainous terrain to find just the flower she knew would be in bloom. Her knowledge of the various plants and where they were growing made the whole trip one of exciting discovery. The coffee stop at the little Byzantine church, containing amazing frescos, and lunch at a typical Greek taverna made for an unforgettable experience.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Julia J, Owner at Flowers of Crete
Responded May 21, 2019
Thank you both so much for taking the time to post your review. It is much appreciated and I am so happy you enjoyed the day. Some of the roads after the winter rains were a little tricky, but Colin always does his best :-)
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Eclectic M wrote a review May 2019
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Wow what an amazing day spent in the mountains of Crete with the legend that is Julia Jones of Flowers of Crete. Words cannot express what we saw today. Such a privilege to stray off the tourist path and enjoy island life in all its unadulterated gloriousness. Amazing food, generosity of the people we met and of course the stunning beauty of the mountains and the abundance of flowers and grasses and trees. Oh my goodness it was simply breathtaking. A perfect day. One we’ll remember a long time.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Julia J, Owner at Flowers of Crete
Responded May 21, 2019
Thank you so much for your lovely review, guys. It was great fun showing you a little of the Crete I love so much. I hope to see you again sometime. Julia
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