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Walking in Crete - the country for hiking, trekking, mountain climbing and tramping is beautiful all over this large island.
Being 260 km long by 60 km wide, at its widest point, the island has three mountain ranges, and is full of diverse ecosystems, with high peaks, rugged gorges, plateaux, bare rocky hillsides and thickly wooded coastal forests as well as fertile agricultural lands, rolling hills and olive groves. Crete is a wonder world for walkers.
Tour and independent walking options below for keen walkers.
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This 8 day tour of Crete offers glorious hiking and trekking for a maximum of 16 walkers in a fully guided tour. Begin in Chania and end in Heraklion, explore the mountains and enjoy blissful coastal walking.
Take the hike in the famous Samaria Gorge, relax in the coastal hamlet of Agia Roumeli. Walk to the blue and white seaside village of Loutro, and discover Zaros in the Idi Mountains.
Walking in Crete - in the west of the island, as well as numerous beaches and lowlands, rolling hills and gorges, are The White Mountains known as the Lefka Ori.
These mountains are bare above the snow line (pictured above and below) and from a distance glow white, even in summer, due to the colour of the limestone, which is naked and reflects in the summer sun. These mountains are very high, with the highest peak being Pachnes at 2453 m. It is best to take a guided walk in this difficult terrain.
Portions of these mountains are included in the E4 European Walking path.
Popular walks in this region include:
Walking in Crete - take a walking tour of the old town of Rethymnon,
Discover authentic corners of the Old Town. Enjoy a Cretan breakfast in a quaint café, watch a handmade filo pastry workshop, and eat a traditional meal in a garden
. This tour is only 4 hours.
Or join the Happy Walkers for a daily walk any day of the week or head off to any of the gorges, mountains and valleys in this lush as well as rugged region of Crete.
Interesting walks in this region include:
Below you will see a video compiled by some Dutch hikers who love Crete climbing Mt Ida with magnificent views.
Below you will see the annual walk to the peak of Psiloritis (the tall one) which takes place on the first Sunday after August 15 every year from the village of Livadia to the chapel of Timios Stavros on the peak .
Walking in Crete - in the centre of Crete your attention will turn to Knossos Archaeological site as well as the sites of Phaistos, Gortyna and Agia Triada.
When you have seen the ancient wonders, turning your head towards some of the dramatic mountain and gorge scenery you will not be lost for places to explore:
Walking in Crete - walks around the eastern part of Crete include:
Walking in Crete - the E4 European walking path in Crete starts in Kissamos in the west and ends in Kato Zakros at the eastern tip of the island, covering rugged and scenic country all over the island for 320 km.
If you decide to do all or some of the E4 path, this is the guidebook for up to date descriptions, maps, GPS data and information on all sections of the path. Written by a walker with climbing and hiking experience all over the world, Luca Gionotti, whose passion for paths shows through in his tireless work and interpretation of the E4 route.
The Cretan Way is the only guidebook you will need for this trail in Crete, with perhaps some maps, available below.
Sunflower guides are really great general guides to Crete with
good maps and the Anavasi hiking maps can be used for different walks around the island.
Loutro is a small fishing village on the south coast of Chania in the west of Crete, which today is still a tiny hamlet around a tight picturesque cove, with azure and turquoise waters, surrounded by natural beaches. The only way to access the village is by walking in or taking a boat. We share three walks into the beach below.
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Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.
Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.
More on flights and ferries below.
Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.
When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid or non-hybrid vehicles.
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