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Messonas gorge

ABOUT AZORIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE Although the site has a long history of use—occupied in the Final Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Early Iron Age—the most visible remains are the houses and communal buildings of Archaic date (600-500 BC). The public buildings of Archaic date cluster close to the peak on the west and south sides of …

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Matala
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Matala

ABOUT MATALA There are many artificial caves in the cliff of the Matala bay were created in the Neolithic Age. In the year 220 BC., Matala was occupied by the Gortynians, and during the Roman period, Matala became the port of Gortys. In the 1st and 2nd centuries, the caves were used as tombs. One …

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Psiloritis

ABOUT MOUNT IDA (PSILORITIS) Located in the Rethymno regional unit, it was sacred to the Greek Titaness Rhea, and on its slopes lies one of the caves, Idaion Andron, in which, according to legend, Zeus was born. Its summit (Timios Stavros)  has the highest topographic prominence in Greece. A natural park which includes Mt. Ida …

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Giristi

ABOUT THE ROUTE Part of the route is using the E4 path.The E4 European long distance path or E4 path is one of the European long-distance paths starting in Spain at its westernmost point and leading through France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to end in Greece. It visits the Greek island of …

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Dikti Mountain
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Spathi

ABOUT THE DIKTI MOUNTAIN The fertile valleys and plateaus of Dikti are of significant importance to the local economy. Dominant feature of Dikti is the Lasithi Plateau, the largest and most picturesque plateau in Crete. It is a place with great history. Diktaion Antron, is located here, a cave where -according to the Mythology- Zeus …

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Hiking Eastern Crete
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Thripti

ABOUT E4 PATH The E4 European long distance path or E4 path is one of the European long-distance paths. Starting at its westernmost point in Portugal it continues through Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece to end in Cyprus. Part of the Greek path is in Crete. In Crete and throughout Greece …

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Lefka Ori
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White Mountains

ABOUT THE HIKE The White Mountains or Lefka Ori occupy a large part of the centre of West Crete and are the main feature of the region. They consist mainly of limestone, from light grey to bluish or black color. The "White Mountains" have got their name from the perpetual white or off white color …

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Gigilos

ABOUT WHITE MOUNTAINS The White Mountains or Lefka Ori occupy a large part of the centre of West Crete and are the main feature of the region. They consist mainly of limestone, from light grey to bluish or black color and same of course applies to Gigilos. The "White Mountains" have got their name from …

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Hiking,cape Aforesmenos
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Aforesmenos

HISTORY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE According to the legend, after Caiaphas crucified Jesus he started his journey to Rome in order to meet with Caesar.However, during the journey he died of a disease. Because he was a ruler, he should be buried properly.When his sailors approached Crete they tried to reach the little bay of Chomatistra, …

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Agiofarago

ABOUT THE MONASTRY OF ODIGITRIAS The monastery of Odigitria is a monastery of great importance and historical value and one of the oldest in Crete. It is located at the west edge of the Asterousia mountains at an altitude of 250 meters just 2km before the starting point to Agiofarago. The monastery was built like …

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