Western Crete Hiking

A collection of selected small group excursions taking place in the Western part of Crete.

Hiking Safari Therisso, Zourva, Tromarissa

Just a few kilometers away from Hania the mountains await us, in a surprising route at the northwest side of the White Mountains.

Our route starts from the Hania plain and after passing through the heart of the orangery’s, taste the delicious citrus fruit, we reach beautiful Zourva. Our hike starts from there, on an easy tail in a forest of wild cypress and pine trees. As we climb higher the wilderness of the scenery becomes more and more interesting with intense variations and an amazing view being constantly present.

Before even getting tired we will enjoy our beverage at a forest clearing and we will start our way back on a route full of surprises as we will cross the historic Therissos Gorge admiring the tall cliffs on our left and right. We will be back in Hania at early afternoon.

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The tour includes: • Free hotel pick up and drop off. • English speaking group guide-drivers. • A bottle of water and a local treat. • Lunch in Therissos. • Mountain Guide, Liability Insurance and Local Taxes

Notes: • Ideal for hiking or trekking groups, single or couple participants who are experienced in hiking. • The trip has 1-2 hour walking into forest. • The trip has guided stops for resting. • The trip is not recommended under 13 years old. • Don’t forget your trekking equipment, a water flask, sun cream, and your camera

Practical Info: • Departures: 8:20-9:00 am • Duration: Approx. 6 hrs • Return: 15:30 (approx.) • Covered distance: 85 km • Altitude differ.: 900m • Level of difficulty: Easy

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Explore Psari Summit

Explore Psari Summit, Kalergi refuge, Samaria Gorge, Omalos Plateau, Therissos

The Samaria Gorge might be one of the greatest in Europe but the mountains and routes surrounding it are equally impressive and grand. Psari summit standing at around 2000 meters is the balcony of Samaria and is approached by Safari Adventures in the best possible way.

After the picturesque village of Lakkoi, a hidden dirt road will lead us directly deep in the mountains and after we climb up the beautiful gorge we will leave the cars at the old entrance of the Samaria Gorge , a place called Poria. Our hiking will start from there along a cane trail of E4 of average difficulty at the boundaries of the national gorge. On our right is the vast gorge, seen from an angle few have enjoyed, while on our left laying like jewelry the innumerable summits of the White Mountains. Due to the altitude and the temperature we will barely sweat before we find ourselves at the top. A sea of summits peaks and gorges in front of us while the Libyan and Cretan Sea lie in the background. Our eyes have difficulty focusing on just one place and right before the chill settles in we start our way back.

A little later we take a rest enjoying a cup of mountain tea at the climbing refuge of Kallergi which is hanging over the cliffs of Samaria. Later on we will descend to lower altitudes and pass by beautiful villages completing our tour in the village of Therisso where we will enjoy a truly traditional Cretan meal. On our way back we will cross by car the Therisso gorge

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The tour includes: • Free hotel pick up and drop off. • English speaking group guide-drivers. • Coffee or mountain tea at Kalergi Refuge. • Lunch in Therissos. • Mountain Guide, Liability Insurance and Local Taxes

Notes: • Ideal for hiking or trekking groups, single or couple participants who are experienced in hiking. • The trip has 1:30 hour walking up to Psari summit. • The trip has guided stops every 30 to 40 minutes • The trip is not recommended under 13 years old. • Don’t forget your trekking equipment, a water flask, sun cream, and your camera

Practical Info: • Departures: 8:00-8:30 am • Duration: Approx. 9 hrs • Return: 17:00 (approx.) • Covered distance: 125 km • Altitude differ.: 2000m • Level of difficulty: Medium

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Trekking & Gorges

Come with us and explore Crete’s diverse landscapes of high lush plateaus amid imposing mountains loaded with flora and fauna, historical sites, breathtaking scenery, quiet beaches and spectacular gorges. It’s a hiker’s paradise and the best way to see the real beauty of Crete. To participate in our seasonal, weekly trekking, we do not require any professional levels of skill in mountaineering or physical condition but relaxing touch to your vacation. For all our activities, there is no timetable, we can arrange whatever you need.

Our suggested trekking routes... Walk in the footsteps of giants, our walks are those of past memories of the 1945 evacuation of British, Australian, New Zealand Allied Soldiers and troops that head for their rescue boats to carry them to safety, after the 1941 Battle of Crete.

Loutro – Livaniana
The graphic route to the old village of Livaniana is one of the many great trekking paths of Loutro. The village of Livaniana is very old and only a few people still live there. Walking there offers wonderful views of the Libyan sea.
Walk – Easy approx. 1 hour ( excl. transport time )

Livaniana – Aradena
A magnificent route, that on passing the ancient church you will be located at the middle of Aradena’s Gorge. From there we commence with a walk to the ancient village of Aradena.
Walk – Easy approx. 1.5 hours ( excl. transport time )

Aradena – Marmara
This route was considerate as one of the most difficult, but recently they made a path which made the whole route easier. The suggested route is to start from the beautiful beach of Marmara and head upwards to the abandoned village of Aradena. The magnificent nature will fascinate you.
Walk – Medium approx. 2.5 hours ( excl. transport time )

Marmra- Loutro
At the beach Marmara there is a local tavern with amazing local specialties to taste. From there you can take the path back to Loutro. You will pass from the village of Lykos and then from the Phoenix. The whole route is near the sea, offering great views and a cool sea breeze.
Walk – Easy approx. 1.5 hours ( excl. transport time )

Loutro – Glyka near – Hora Sfakia (Sweet Water)
A route mainly to emphasize the coastline of the E4 path. On the way there is a magnificent old church next to the sea. At the beach Glyka Nera you can relax at the canteen and drink some beverages. From there you can continue to the Hora of Sfakia through a unique route close to the Libyan sea.
Walk – Easy approx. 2.5 hours ( excl. transport time )

Sfakia – Anopolis – Loutro
Maybe the most historical route that Crete has to offer. This route is used by ancient Greeks over 1000BC. You can start from Sfakia making your upwards to Anopolis and then down to Loutro.
Walk – Difficult approx. 3.5 hours ( excl. transport time )

Don’t forget… Bottles of water, athletic shoes, sun cream, hat, sun glasses, snacks, camera, change of clothing and swimwear

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