Guidebook to walking and trekking the high mountains of Crete. The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete's mountains provide breathtaking walking and wilderness on this popular island. The routes in this guidebook are graded for difficulty and range from short, easy strolls to challenging, multi-day treks, providing options for all walkers. In addition to a wide selection of walks and trekking routes in the White Mountains (Lefka Ori), this book covers Mount Ida in central Crete and the Lassithi Mountains to the east. The guide includes: Western Crete (53 walks in the White Mountains and on the south coast with 10 multi-day treks; Central Crete (17 walks and treks on Mount Ida and in the Psiloritis range); Eastern Crete (12 walks and treks in the Lassithi Mountains) and coverage of the E4 Trail as well as mapping for every route. The book is packed with practical information on walking in Crete, getting there and getting around and advice on making the most out of exploring the island's mountains. With its dramatic gorges and numerous peaks rising to over 2100m, high mountain plains, forested crags, massive cliffs and remote beaches, Crete offers a wide range of landscapes and challenges for walkers.
Loraine Wilson is an experienced guide to the White Mountains with over 18 years experience, a wealth of local knowledge and contacts, together with a deep love of the wild landscape and local people. On her returns to England she is an architectural photographer and her photographs are a splendid attraction to this, her first guide.
INTRODUCTION Hillwalking and trekking regions Plants, trees and flowers Wildlife and hunting Getting there Getting to the trailhead When to go Shopping Accommodation Insects and other hazards General information Water Types of pathways What to take Maps Emergencies Using this guide PART 1 THE WHITE MOUNTAINS - THE LEFKA ORI The Omalos Plain Walk 1 Around the Omalos Plain Walk 2 The Gorge of Samaria National Park Walk 3 The Ascent of Gingilos Walk 4 Xyloscala to Kallergi Refuge Walk 5 Kallergi Refuge to Melendaou Walk 6 Xyloscala to Koustoyerako via Strifomadi Walk 6A Koustoyerako to Xyloscala via Strifomadi Walk 7 Omalos to Koustoyerako via Ay. Theodoros chapel Walk 7A Koustoyerako to Omalos via Ay. Theodoros chapel Walk 8 Omalos to Ay. Irini Gorge Walk 9 Ay. Irini Gorge to Souyia Walk 9A Souyia to Lissos and Paleochora (E4 Trail) Walk 10 Omalos to Zourva Walk 10A Zourva to Omalos Walk 11 Zourva to Meskla Walk 12 Omalos to Lakki and Meskla Walk 12A Lakki to Omalos The Northern Foothills Walk 13 Kambi to Volikas Refuge Walk 14 Kambi to Melidoni Walk 14A Melidoni to Kambi Walk 15 Kares to Gournes Walk 16 Melidoni to Fres Walk 17 Fres to Vrisses Walk 18 Fres to Vafes via Tzitzifes Walk 19 Melidoni to Vafes via Vothanas Walk 19A Vafes to Melidoni via Vothanas Walk 20 Vafes to Vrisses Walk 20A Vrisses to Vafes Walk 21 Vafes to Askifou The Askifou Plain Walk 22 Around the Plain Walk 23 Askifou to Imbros Walk 24 The Imbros Gorge Walk 25 Kommitades to Hora Sfakion Walk 26 The Asfendou Gorge from Askifou Walk 27 Askifou-Goni to Kallikratis Walk 28 The Kallikratis Gorge Walk 29 Askifou-Ammoudari to Niato (E4 Trail) Walk 30 The Ascent of Kastro Walk 31 Askifou to Imbros via Trikoukia Walk 32 Askifou to Anopolis (or Hora Sfakion) via Kali Lakki Walk 33 Askifou to Vafes Walk 34 Krappis to Lake Kourna Anopolis Walk 35 Anopolis to Loutro Walk 36 Kambia to Loutro Walk 37 Kambia to Anopolis or Ay. Ekaterini Walk 38 Kambia to Hora Sfakion Walk 39 Anopolis to Aradena Walk 39A The Aradena Gorge Walk 40 Aradena to Ay. loannis and Sellouda Walk 41 Aradena to Ay. Roumeli via Sellouda Walk 42 The Aradena Forest and Kroussia Walk 43 Anopolis to Askifou via Kali Lakki The South Coast of Sfakia Walk 44 Hora Sfakion to Loutro (E4 Trail) Walk 45 Hora Sfakion to Anopolis Walk 46 Hora Sfakion to Mouri Walk 47 Loutro to Livaniana and beyond Walk 48 Loutro to Ay. Roumeli (E4 Trail) Walk 49 The Gorge of Samaria National Park Walk 50 Around Ay. Roumeli Walk 51 The Eligias Gorge, Angelokampi and Turkish forts Walk 52 Ay. Roumeli to Anopolis via Sellouda Mountain Treks Trek 1 Theriso to Livada via Kolokithas Trek 1A Livada to Theriso Trek 2 Kambi to Livada via Volikas EOS Refuge Trek 2A Livada to Kambi Trek 3 Askifou to Livada via Niato and Grias Soros (E4 Trail) Trek 3A Livada to Niato and Askifou (E4 Trail) Trek 4 Livada to Katsiveli (E4 Trail) Trek 4A Katsiveli to Livada (E4 Trail) Trek 5 Katsiveli to Potamos (E4 Trail) Trek 5A Potamos to Katsiveli Trek 6 Omalos (or Kallergi Refuge) to Potamos (and Katsiveli) via Melendaou (E4 Trail) Trek 6A Potamos to Kallergi Refuge (E4 Trail) Trek 7 Potamos to Ay. Ioannis via Zaranokefala Trek 7A Ay. Ioannis to Potamos via Zaranokefala Trek 8 Anopolis to Katsiveli Trek 8A Katsiveli to Anopolis The Ascent of Pachnes Trek 9 Roussies to Pachnes summit Trek 9A Pachnes summit to Katsiveli Trek 9B Katsiveli to Pachnes summit The south coast Trek 10 Ay. Roumeli to Souyia (E4 Trail) Trek 10A Souyia to Ay. Roumeli (E4 Trail) PART 2 PSILORITIS - MOUNT IDA Walks and treks from trailheads of the foothills Walk P1 Anoyeia to the Nida taverna Walk P2 Zaros to Ay. Ioannis Rouvas chapel via the Rouvas Gorge Walk P3 Ay. Ioannis chapel to the Nida Plain (E4 Trail) Walk P4 Kamares to the Kamares Cave Walk P5 Kamares Cave to the Nida Plain Walk P6 Kamares to the summit of Mount Ida Walk P7 The Arcadi monastery to Aravanes Kampos Walk P8 Aravanes Kampos to the Nida Plain Walk P9 Lakkos Mygerou (Livadia) to summit of Mount Ida Walk P10 Aravanes Kampos to Toubotos Prinos EOS Refuge Walk P11 The Amari Valley: Fourfouras and Kouroutes Walks and treks from trailheads on the Nida Plain Walk P12 Nida to the summit of Mount Ida (E4 Trail) Walk P13 Summit of Mount Ida: descent to Kamares Walk P14 Nida to Anoyeia on the E4 Trail Walk P14A Nida to Anoyeia on Old Droving Trail Walk P15 Nida to Ay. Ioannis chapel (E4 Trail) Walk P16 Nida to Kamares via Kamares Cave Walk P17 Nida to the Arcadi monastery PART 3 THE LASSITHI MOUNTAINS Walk L1 Kastamonitsa to Ay. Georgios (E4 Trail) Walk L2 Ay. Georgios to Tzermiado Walk L2A Tzermiado to Ay. Georgios Walk L3 Tzermiado to Karphi and back Walk L4 Ay. Georgios to the Katharo Plain and back Walk L5 Ay. Georgios (for Mt Dikti summit) to Selakano (E4 Trail) Walk L5A Selakano to Ay. Georgios (E4 Trail) Walk L6 Selakano to the Katharo Plain (for Lassithi or Kritsa) Walk L6A Katharo Plain via south rim road to Selakano Walk L7 Katharo Plain to Kritsa (for Ay. Nikolaos) Walk L7A Kritsa to the Katharo Plain Walk L8 Magoulas to Xeniakos and Ano Viannos Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Glossary Appendix C Further reading Appendix D Useful contacts Appendix E Index of maps