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.
From the lush mountain village of Gerakari, Amari province, in Rethymno starts one of the trails that climbs Mount Kentros and attracts many walkers. But there is a second mountain trail unknown to most, the path leading from the village to the historic cave Chainospilios. This path was cleaned with an exemplary manner, while an explanatory sign that describes the path has been placed at its starting point.
Strouboulas is the first peak that one can see from Heraklion when looking to the west. The height of the tops is 798 meters above sea level, a small altitude compared to the surrounding mountains and the range of Psiloritis it actually belongs. What makes Strouboulas special and beloved by the locals is its shape reminiscent of the pyramid or volcano when looking from Heraklion. In fact, however, its shape is elongated from east to west but from the city it looks like a perfect pyramid.
This path is the main path from which the residents of Asterousia descended to Monastery Koudouma from the region of Kofinas. We first make a small detour to ascend to the highest peak of Asterousia, Kofinas (altit.1231m) where there is the church of the Holy Cross with stunning views to the sea.
The path from Achentrias to Agios Nikitas and then to Tsoutsouras is one of the most authentic routes on the island, offering unique views of the wild coast of South Crete, the sharp and steep rocks of Asterousia Range with low vegetation.
Since 2013, some villages of Apokoronas province organizes the route Livadouria at province Apokoronas. This beautiful route crosses the villages Tsivaras, Saint Paul, Douliana and Gavalochori. Livadouria path has a total length of 6 km and comes acorss an area blessed by nature, full of olive groves, woods of cypresses, holm oaks and myrtles.
This route runs through a well designated path that starts from wood Chamoprina near Malia. Initially we climb a steep slope with unique views to the north coast. The trails leads to the beautiful forest of Azilakes (i.e. holm oaks). There is another road reaching Azilakodasos from Krassi.
A very demanding trail due to very high slope is the old mule track that once linked the picturesque harbor of Loutro with the town of Anopolis. It can, however, be much easier if you start from Anopolis and go down to Loutro. In any case the panoramic view to the sea and to Loutro is breathtaking.
3500 years ago the Minoans ascended to the sacred cave of Ideon Andron in plateau Nida to submit their offerings to their gods. To climb Psiloritis, they walked through the canyon of Krousonas, reached Zominthos and from there they walked to Nida. We can walk in the same trail even today and feel like modern Minoans.