Plateaus in Lefka Ori


Plateau Krousia
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High above the village of Agios Ioannis at province Sfakia, at an altitude of 1200 meters, we meet the small but impressive plateau Krousia. It can be reached either by following the road starting from Agios Ioannis and terminates at the entrance of the plateau or hiking one hour in the fairly steep path that starts from the village and climbs the ravine Porolagos. The plateau is located at the south root of the peek Zaranokefala. From Krousia continues the mountainous path that reaches the second plateau (at an altitude of about 1700 meters) called Pano Krousia. Krousia hosts the mitato (stone-built primitive creamery) of Georgedakis.

In the middle of the small plateau, there are large stone wells with water that never dry up, and water the numerous herds of the region. From Krousia starts the incredibly beautiful forest path that reaches close to the underground river Drakolakkoi, while to the west another mountain path reaches the peak of Zaranokefala, just above the gorge Samaria, in about 2:30 hours. The whole area around the plateau is covered by a dense forest of pines, cypresses and oaks. Apart from the natural beauty of the wooded landscape, this place has one of the healthiest climates throughout Crete

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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