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Aravanes Wood

Southeast of the Monastery of Arkadi on the western slopes of Psiloritis, the wood Aravanes is formed which climbs up to the peak of Mygia. Access is possible through rough dirt roads that start from ...

Xepatomenos Waterfall near Korfes

East of the village Korfes, River Gazanos that transfers water from Psiloritis Range to Ammoudara bay, meets the hard limestone of the area. At this position it forms a small beautiful waterfall that ...

Bali beaches

... water is cool because of the several springs around that carry fresh water into the sea from Psiloritis Range. Livadi beach Livadi is the first beach you come across as you enter the village and is ...

Zaros Lake (Votomos)

The artificial lake of Zaros or Votomos located on the southern slopes of Psiloritis, just 1km north of Zaros and 45km southwest of Iraklion. The area was a small wetland before 1987, which was shaped ...

Almiros wetland

Almiros spring can probably most satisfactory explain the term paradox. This spring is located at the northeastern side of Psiloritis, a few hundred meters far from the sea and the city of Heraklion, and ...

Timios Stavros Peak

The imposing Ida Range has the highest peak of Crete, Timios Stavros at 2546m altitude. For reaching Timios Stavros, there are many ways from both north and south sides. The view for the peak is amazing ...

Cretan ibex

... many of the genetic characteristic of its Asian ancestors. By the early 20th century, ibexes were spread in all three major mountain ranges of Crete (White Mountains, Psiloritis and Dikti), but their ...

Crete's Geology: How was it formed

... Asterousia formations and ophiolites (volcanic rocks). It is no coincidence that Crete hosts two areas designated by UNESCO for their geological significance: Psiloritis Geopark and Sitia Geopark.    ...

Lassithi Plateau

... of Zeus every nine years there, before turning them to laws for his people (the same story is attributed to the Cave Ideon at Psiloritis range). There are some other smaller myths, like the ugly winged ...

Ancient Zominthos

... many to that of Knossos. Ancient Zominthos is located at  Psiloritis range, 7km west of Anogia, on the road heading to the plateau Nida. Discovered in 1982, Zominthos is one of the most important archaeological ...

Nida Plateau

... of the Psiloritis Range (Mount Idi). The peaks of the surrounding mountains are white until early summer, forming a wonderful landscape. The plateau can be reached via the road starting from the picturesque ...

Amari Valley

Amari valley is formed between the Mountains Kedros and Psiloritis, at an altitude of 400-500m and is 25km long. It is the natural passage from the north to south Rethymno and Messara Plain. For its central ...

Gious Kambos Plateau

Amari valley is formed between the Mountains Kedros and Psiloritis, at an altitude of 400-500m and is 25km long. It is the natural passage from the north to south Rethymno and Messara Plain. For its central ...

Kourtaliotis Gorge

... of the area for birds of prey can be explained by its location, that serves as a link between the White Mountains and the mountains of central Crete (Psiloritis and Asterousia). Kourtaliotiko has excellent ...

Sfendonis Cave

... Natural Park of Psiloritis, which is protected by UNESCO. Cave Zoniana, Sfendoni or Sfendoni's Hole, is located 1km north of Zoniana village in Mylopotamos, about 43km west of Heraklion and 52 southeast ...

Ancient Tylissos

... 16km west of Heraklion, in a strategic location near the east slopes of range Psiloritis. Tylissos was a Minoan city that was flourished in 1650-1450 mainly because it was amid the road that led from Knossos ...

Idaean Cave

Ideon Cave (or Ideon Antron) is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Ida (Psiloritis), in the plateau of Nida. The distance of the cave from Anogia is 24km and from Rethymno it’s 78km. The cave has not ...

Rouvas Wood and Gorge

The gorge of Agios Nikolaos, Gafaris or Rouvas is bounded by the peaks of Ambelakia from east and Samari from west. This is the most important gorge of Psiloritis and central Crete and took its name from ...

Vorizia Gorge

East of Voriza village, at the foot of Psiloritis, starts an arid canyon with holly trees that leads to the plateau of Nida Plateau and the cave Ideon Antron. The gorge is very steep at the beginning with ...

Kamares Cave

The cave of Kamares, also called Kamaraiko, is located at the southern foot of Psiloritis. In particular, it is situated on the slopes of Mount Soros, at an altitude of 1700m and northeast of the homonym ...

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