It is a spectacular, circular route that includes exceptional natural surroundings, historical settlements and wonderful views.
The trip is suitable for anyone staying in or near Elounda, Agios Nikolaos, Istron and further south in Ierapetra. The length of the hike is about 14 km, starts from 130 m altitude and goes up to 730 m. It is one of the greatest hikes in Eastern Crete along with the hike to Thripti, highly recommended. We will visit the ancient settlement of Azorias during our hike. Azoria was originally explored by the American archaeologist, Harriet Boyd-Hawes, in 1900.
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 the South Acropolis and cover a total area of over 0.60 hectares. Each produced evidence of destruction and abandonment in the early 5th century BC. This destruction marks the end of the city's life and a long period of occupation. The Archaic rebuilding expanded the settlement to its maximum size (c. 15 hectares), created a zone of communal buildings on the upper west slope of the South Acropolis, and formalised what can be called civic architecture - generally supra-household communal spaces accommodating a variety of possible activities and configurations of groups.