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.
The trail starts from the picturesque village of Mochos, crosses the village's soccer field and soon starts climbing near the old mill park where once the locals used the windmills for grinding their grain. After reaching the highest point of the route that has a unique sea view, we start the relaxing descent through a 2m wide stone paved path to Malia.
The church and lighthouse of Agios Sozon is located on a steep site, at the tip of Cape Stavros, at the northernmost point of the entire central Crete. The Cape of Zeus (Dios Akron) of the Venetian maps is believed to have hosted a sanctuary dedicated to Zeus in the ancient past.
One of the most beautiful trails in Crete that one may attempt in the area of Western Asterousia is the path from Matala to Vathy beach. The route is mostly along the coast, but requires good physical condition due to long distance (11 km), lack of a marked trail and it definitely required good sun protection
From Agios Ioannis, province Sfakia, starts the amazing path that reaches Krousia plateau at an altitude of 1200m., below the imposing peak of Zaranokefala. From Krousia start two paths, one towards Zaranokefala and the second to cave Drakolakki, which is presented here.
Asterousia Mountains are characterized by the wildness and the eerie landscapes causing awe to anyone attempting to discover them. A trail that offers countless emotions is the ancient path that connects the village Paranimfi to Tris Ekklisies and runs on the edge of the cliff.
Kofinas can be reached with a short, but very steep and majestic trail, which starts near the church of Panagia in the northern foothills of the peak. The church can be reached via a dirt road starting from Kapetaniana or Sternes. The views over the top is excellent and walking in the trail is not recommended for those with fear of heights.
This route connects Kapetaniana with Agios Ioannis and then heads west to the beach of Salamias. The first part to Agios Ioannis on the side of the wild gorge of Goula is fairly steep and instable in some places. Then we meet the village of Agios Ioannis and the cavernous temple of the old monastery of Saint John.
Ligiofarago is one of the few canyons of East Asterousia range that one can walk down to the sea without needing technical equipment. Recently the path has been signed, connecting Achendrias to Maridaki, running through the gorge.