Exploring Crete

Hiking

Immerse yourself in a natural wonderland

Hiking Crete is the best way to see
beautiful landscapes and explore vast wilderness areas.
So grab a pack and put on your walking boots.

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Hiking Gorges

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Hiking

The E4 Trail

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The Great Walks

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The best way to explore Crete is to walk off the beaten track, beyond the places reached by car, follow ancient paths, explore the magnificent scents of herbs in the canyons, climb on the tops of the highest mountains and enjoy the view to the deep blue Cretan and Libyan Sea on the horizon.

A large part of trails runs through areas which have been declared protected. The most famous of these is the National Reserve of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori), one of the seven reserves of Greece, which is home to Samaria Gorge. Other protected areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as areas labeled as Natura 2000, are the entire ranges of Dikti, Ida (Psiloritis), Kedros, Asterousia, Youchtas and Thripti, the peninsulas Gramvousa, Rodopos and Sidero, all the islands that surround the island and special sites like Lafonissi, Georgioupolis, Cape Lithino, the rocky coastline west of Rethymnon, etc.

Moreover, the lovers of geo-tourism can discover new places, especially after the declaration of Psiloritis Range and Sitia mountains as Protected Geoparks. Such projects aim at promoting such places and providing information about them.

Many travel agencies offer packages and expert guides for trekking on the island and there are many hiking and mountaineering clubs. Important mountain races are also organized, such as Psiloritis Race and the Marathon of Samaria.

The E4 European Path
The E4 European Long Distance Path encompasses a large network of trails with special cultural, natural and historical value. It is marked by the European Ramblers Association and crosses the island from Kissamos to Zakros, after crossing all major Mountain Ranges in Crete (White Mountains, Kedros, Ida Range, Dikti and Thripti). Hikers have the opportunity to explore a wide range of landscapes of great diversity. Apart from the E4, there are plenty of options of majestic mapped...
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More Hiking Trails
Apart from the E4 path, there are dozens of great trails that are worth walking if you visit Crete. Ancient tracks and stone paths that once were the main roads of the island, today are a magnet for nature lovers.  
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Hiking Gorges
For millions of years, the geological upheavals are reflected strongly in the intense relief of the island. While mountains rose, the river water continued its corrosional route through the limestone terrain, forming today's "land of gorges", Crete. With more than 400 canyons, Crete hosts the largest number of gorges in Greece, many of which are very popular to hikers. Here we present the best hiking gorges in Crete
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River Trekking
River trekking is quite unknown in Crete, as most visitors think that because of Crete's geographical position at the south edge of the European continent, all rivers dry up on summer. However, there are a few all-year round flowing rivers that are ideal for river trekkers and lately some companies offer relevant tours. Rethymnon prefecture, around Kedros Mount, hosts most of the trekking friendly rivers in Crete, flowing with clear fresh water all year round. If you are a...
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Petassos Travel - 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 votes
Petassos Travel

Kallonadon Street 3, Heraklion

Petassos is an agency that organizes walking tours and travels that take you across space and time.

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Adventure Crete - 3.0 out of 5 based on 4 votes
Adventure Crete

Georgiou Papandreou 30, Elounda

At Adventure Crete you find just the best and coolest activities for your holidays. Don’t waste your time. Holidays are too short!

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