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Hiking Giouhtas Mountain

Hiking Giouhtas Mountain

Product Code : 6924

About The Place

Heraklion Prefecture, located on the mesmerizing island of Crete in Greece, is a region that seamlessly weaves together a rich tapestry of history, breathtaking landscapes, geological wonders, diverse fauna, vibrant culture, charming villages, and towering mountains. This area is a microcosm of Crete’s allure, offering visitors a multifaceted experience that spans millennia.

History: Heraklion, the capital city of the prefecture, boasts a history that dates back to ancient times. The ruins of the ancient Minoan civilization, particularly the legendary Palace of Knossos, are scattered throughout the region, offering glimpses into Europe’s oldest advanced civilization. The area also reflects the influences of Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman rule, with historical landmarks such as the Koules Fortress and the Venetian Walls standing as testament to this rich past.

Landscape and Geological Formations: The landscape of Heraklion Prefecture is diverse and captivating. Sandy beaches stretch along the northern coast, while rugged mountains dominate the southern part. The Samaria Gorge, one of the longest in Europe, cuts through the White Mountains, creating a stunning geological formation. The Lasithi Plateau, known for its windmills and fertile plains, provides a contrasting view, and the Dikteon Cave, believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, adds a mythical touch to the geological wonders.

Fauna: The region is home to a variety of fauna, both terrestrial and marine. In the coastal areas, loggerhead sea turtles nest on sandy beaches, and the Cretan ibex, a symbol of the island, roams the mountainous terrain. The surrounding seas are teeming with marine life, making it an ideal destination for diving enthusiasts.

Culture: Heraklion Prefecture is a living testament to Cretan culture. Traditional music and dance are integral parts of local celebrations, and festivals like the Feast of Saint Titus showcase the vibrant spirit of the community. The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion houses an impressive collection of artifacts, providing a comprehensive journey through the island’s history.

Villages: Charming villages dot the countryside, each with its unique character. Archanes, for example, is renowned for its vineyards and traditional architecture, while Anogeia, perched on the slopes of Mount Psiloritis, has a rich cultural heritage.

Mountains: The towering mountains in Heraklion Prefecture, including Mount Psiloritis and the White Mountains, not only provide a scenic backdrop but also serve as hubs for outdoor activities. Hiking trails crisscross the landscape, offering adventurers breathtaking views of the surrounding areas.

In conclusion, Heraklion Prefecture is a microcosm of Crete’s diverse and enchanting offerings. Its history, landscapes, geological formations, fauna, culture, villages, and mountains create a harmonious blend that beckons visitors to explore and immerse themselves in the captivating essence of this Greek gem.

 

Highlights

  • The panoramic view of the sea

  • Dia island from the top of the mountain

Total Duration

  • 5 Hours

Full description

A captivating and accessible hiking adventure just a short distance from the vibrant city of Heraklion. The magnificent Juktas mountain, reminiscent of a human head, holds immense historical and religious significance for the Minoans. Legend has it that this mountain represents the face of Zeus, the revered king of the Gods, and serves as his final resting place. The name “Juktas” itself is derived from the Latin word for Zeus, Jupiter. Exploring Juktas reveals three archaeological sites, an ancient monastery, and a charming church.

Ascending to the peak of the mountain, reaching an elevation of 811 meters, proves to be a relatively easy feat. The trail spans the entire mountain, providing an awe-inspiring panoramic view. From the summit, where the Church of Lord Christ stands, you’ll be treated to vistas of the majestic Ida (Psiloritis) mountain, the sprawling Dikti mountain range, the picturesque village of Archanes adorned with vineyards and olive groves, the bustling city of Heraklion, and the enchanting Dia island.

The fauna and flora of Juktas add to the allure, with sightings of magnificent griffon vultures (scientifically known as Gyps fulvus) gracefully soaring in search of sustenance, and the discovery of various aromatic herbs. This family-friendly hike typically spans approximately 4 hours.

Price Excludes:

  • Personal expenses, such as coffees and alcoholic drinks
  • Anything not mentioned in the “includes” list

What to Bring

  • Trekking shoes

  • Windproof jacket

  • Camera

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat – Sunglasses

Includes

  • Experienced Trekking Guide

  • Free transport from/to your hotel with our vans. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Lunch pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)

  • Trekking equipment (trekking poles, backpack) uppon request

Itinerary

  • Starting time 08:00
  • Ending time 13:00

Meeting point

Hotel Pick Up ( North Heraklio area)

Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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