Although Crete is an island, its landscape is mountainous, and the life and character of its inhabitants is structured around the high mountains of the island. Cretans have always walked and crossed the mountains, since the Minoan times. These ancient paths, which for thousands of years were the “roads of communication” for the locals, have now become, in modern Crete, the most beautiful hiking trails.
Why is hiking in Crete special?
With three large Mountain ranges, Lefka Ori, Psiloritis, Dikti dominating the Cretan landscape, countless trails that are going through impressive Gorges and ancient paths crossing folk Villages, make Crete a hiking paradise. The ideal Mediterranean mild climate makes hiking and trekking enjoyable any time of the year, even in the winter!
The changes in the landscape, even on a short hike, can be intense and dramatic, so that the senses are constantly stimulated, and the hike turns into a game of creating new images. After all, the Cretan landscape helps the most of it.
It seems that Crete is the ultimate hiking destination if you want to admire unusual landscapes and a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Cobblestones and treks that pass through fertile plains and traditional villages in the lowlands, but also challenging hiking paths in the high mountains.
Meetings with hospitable people but also friendly high mountains ready to welcome every hiker.
So, put on your boots and enjoy the Cretan trails!