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A 28-day walk along the E4 The first and ultimate guide to walk the Cretan Way on your own!
Includes maps, descriptions, travelogue, gps tracks, accommodation info and tips for walking the 500 km route extending from East to West. One of the world’s best walks!

Available in English

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By buying a copy of the book you are supporting  Crete For Life and helping to brighten the lives of special children
Written by Luca Gianotti
Publisher: Anavasi 
Distribution in Crete: Mystis Editions

Publish date: 20 March 2016
Type: Paperback
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 24x17cm
ISBN  978-960-9412-45-2

Here the list where to buy online (updating):

Anavasi GR:
Mystis GR:
Politeia GR:
Cordee UK:
Stanfords UK:
Nostromo FR:
Mapfox DE:
Pied à Terre NL:
Stanley & Livingstone NL:
L’Escursionista IT:
Libreria La Montagna Torino:
Freytag & berndt A:
Libreria Desnivel E:
Planetbooks GR:
Books4all GR:
Protoporia GR:
CosmoteBooks GR:
Perizitito GR:
Scout shop GR:
Bookworld GR:



THE AUTHOR avatarLuca Gianotti: graduated in Philosophy in 1986, mountain guide since 1992, creator of La Boscaglia trekking tours, and now of Compagnia dei Cammini walking association (, alpine skier with important mountain expeditions in his carnet:  the crossing of Vatnajokull (Island), the biggest glacier in the world, the climb of Khan Tengri (7010 m) in Thien Shan (on the border Kirghizistan/Kazakistan). Amongs his adventures, also the crossing in mountain bike of Sahara Desert in Algeria. Walker everywhere in the world, from Patagonia to Thailandia, Albania and Capoverde, Socotra (Yemen) and Norvegia, but he mostly loves Mediterranean walking, Greece, Turkey, South Italy and islands. In Italy he created some walking tours, one of them is “Sentiero Spallanzani” in the Northern Appennins, another one is “Cammino dei Briganti” in the Central Appennins, he wrote the guidebooks too. He leads walking groups in Sardegna, Creta, Salento, Capo Verde, Majella, Pollino, Murge, Corsica and more. He works to discover all the opportunities of walking as a therapy, and organizes courses of Walking Meditation. His new project is Deep Walking ( ). His personal website is He runs an agriturism in Abruzzo, named “Casale e Crete” ( ). Here organizes walking tours with donkeys, the first in Italy with the french formula of free tours without guide. He writes a newsletter called  “Il Cammino” with thousands of readers. He wrote four books in italian “L’arte del camminare” (The art of walking), Ediciclo, 2011, “Parole in cammino”, Ediciclo 2013 , “La spirale della memoria”, Edizioni dei cammini, 2015, “Il Cammino dei Briganti”, Edizioni dei Cammini, 2016. In February 2016 he published “The Cretan Way. 28 days of walk along the E4″ (Anavasi) in  english. He was the artistic director of Festival del Camminare (Festival about Walking) in Bolzano. He had the idea of “CamminaCreta-Walk the heart of Crete” and now of the book “The Cretan Way” because he loves Crete, a place where he feels “home”.

12 thoughts on “THE BOOK

  1. Hello there,
    In order to properly prepare the hike I’m very keen on some literature reg. the Cretan E4 section. Your book might be very helpful. Could you please let us know when your book it is going to be available and also how I can place the order.
    Best regards,

  2. Hey Luca!

    Looking dies forward to buying and reading/using your book. We ar start planning our trip in late may already.
    Thanks for doing the hard work for us! 😉

    • Sorry for my typos earlier.
      Any news regarding the book availability?
      It’s a bit confusing. Above it says available either October 2015 (already past) or Feb 2016.
      Google shows results from
      (one can apparently pre-order).
      Would you have, when it is available, a preferred distributor/ website ?
      (i.e., the author maybe does not get so much when it is ordered through amazon or so??)

      • Sorry Svaens for the confusion! The book HAD to be issued in october 2015, but now we have a new editor house (ANAVASI) and so it will be in the bookshops in February 2016, you can order on this blog, or on Amazon, as you like. I’ll write you again when it’s ready!! Luca

  3. Did a great walking vacation last aug/sept, in the S-W of Crete, using pdf and paper maps devised and provided by Anavasi. I’ll be sure to buy your book ! Have a nice New Year !

  4. Got the book, and now most of the way through it. Unlike most travel books, this is nice to read from front to back. Both very nice detailed instructions of how to navigate over a walking track desperately in need of a bit of love, and lovely journal of Lucas walk across the rugged island of Crete.
    Thanks again Luca! Really looking forward to putting the book to good use this year.

  5. I just bought the book in Rethymnon.
    I am reading it with great interest and high expectations.
    I intend to walk the Cretan Way next year in 2017.

  6. Hi, enjoying the book .. hope to complete the walk
    April/May this year .. Any further recommendations,
    please let me know by email.

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