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I don't see Crete as picturesque, smiling place. Its form is austere. Furrowed by struggles and pain. Situated as it is between Europe, Asia and Africa, the island was destined by its geographical position to become the bridge between those three continents. That's why Crete was the first land in Europe to receive the dawn of cvilisation which came from the East. Two thousand years before the Greek miracle, that mysterious, so-called Aegean civilisation was in full bloom on Crete - still dumb, full of life, reeling with colours, finesse and taste which surprise and provoke awe. It is in vain that we defy the traces of the past.....

Nikos Kazantzakis,

For over 15 years we have been organising individually tailored and varied hiking tours on Crete.

Crete's mountain world:
There are five main ranges of mountains in Crete. In the West there are the "White Mountains" which owe their name to the bright limestone that glistens so white. The mountain massif has several peaks over 2,000 metres, and the highest point is Mount Pachnes (2,453 m).

In Central Crete the Ida massif is dominated by its highest peak Mount Psiloritis, which is also the highest mountain on the island. With a height of 2,456 m it is only 3 metres higher than Pachnes.
In the South the Asteroussia Mountains are the smallest of the five main ranges, running along the coast south of the Messara plain. At 1,236 m the highest of its peaks, Mount Kofinas, is dwarfed by Psiloritis to the North, but surprisingly it affords one of the best views on the entire island, considerable better than many of the much higher peaks.

Looking to the West from Mount Kofinas the imposing peaks of the White Mountains shimmer on the horizon. The Messara plain is spread out below to the North, with Psiloritis towering above it. To the East the Dikti massif looms out of the distance, with its highest peak Asfendos Dikti (2,148 m), and to the South there is a seemingly vertical drop to the charming monastery Moni Koudoma, nestling on the edge of pine groves next to the azure expanse of the Libyan Sea. Hidden behind the Dikti Mountains lies the fourth highest range of mountains, the Thripti massif in the East of Crete, which is crowned by Afentis Stavromenos (1,476 m).
Due to faulting and subsequent erosion Crete has numerous gorges running in a north-south alignment. The Samaria Gorge in Western Crete is the most famous, and is also the biggest gorge in Europe.

In the hiking paradise Crete there are innumerable opportunities for hiking in the mountains and along the rugged coastline. Link to hiking tours.

There is a new edition of hiking maps from Lefka Ori (Pachnes and Sfakia):  www.mountains.gr .

There are about 100 hiking tours available to you in Crete, ranging from easy to difficult.
Under the menu item "Around Mount Kofinas" you will find tips for hiking and climbing. The island of Crete is also a wonderful place for cycling and mountain biking, and this especially true of the Asteroussia Mountains (guided biking tours).