if you have time to summit only one then you wont be disappointed by reaching the top of Dikti mountain and Spathi summit. The topology of the mountain range is rich with a lot of plateaus (Lassithi, Katharo, Omalos Viannou, Limnakaro), valleys and secondary peaks. Some important peaks apart from Spathi 2148m are Afentis Christos/Psari Madara 2141m, Lazaros 2085m and Madara 1783m. In this hike we will start from Limnakaro plateau at about 1050m altitude and reach the summit of Spathi at 2148m. It is a steep ascent with very rock terrain.
Large areas of the mountain are forested with pines (Pinus brutia), Kermes oaks , cypresses , Holm Oaks and Cretan Maples.
The trip has easy access for those staying in or near by Chersonissos, Stalis, Malia, Milatos, Sissi, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.
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 was born. In a different myth, Dias (Zeus) was born in Idaion Antron in Mt Idi. A third myth is a compromise of the two, claiming that Zeus was born in Diktaion Antron but raised in Idaion.
The Lasithi Plateau is a nice place for pleasant excursions. During this hike the group will reach the highest summit of the mountain, Dikti at 2148 meters. You will have an outstanding view from the summit, including the Aegean and Lybean sea! A superb hike.