Hiking on Dikti mountain – Summit Spathi 2148m
About The Place
In the eastern part of the captivating island of Crete, Greece, the Dikti Mountains unfold, revealing a tapestry of rugged peaks, deep gorges, and lush plateaus. This majestic range, named after the ancient Cretan goddess Diktynna, not only captures the essence of Cretan wilderness but also cradles within its folds the enchanting plateaus of Lassithi, Katharo, and Omalos.
Rising with commanding presence, the Dikti Mountains boast an elevation of approximately 2,148 meters (7,048 feet) at their highest point, Mount Spathi. As one of the island’s major mountain ranges, Dikti holds a special place in Cretan history and mythology. Legend has it that the cave of Dikteon, hidden within these mountains, served as the birthplace of Zeus, the king of the gods in Greek mythology. The steep slopes and rugged terrain of Dikti present a haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts, inviting them to explore its winding trails and discover its hidden wonders.
Lassithi Plateau: A Verdant Sanctuary
Nestled within the protective embrace of the Dikti Mountains, the Lassithi Plateau unfolds like a picturesque canvas. This expansive plateau, sitting at an altitude of around 850 meters, is renowned for its verdant landscapes and traditional agricultural practices. Terraced fields, adorned with olive groves, vineyards, and orchards, create a mosaic of vibrant colors against the backdrop of the surrounding peaks. The windmills of Lassithi, once used for irrigation, stand as iconic sentinels, adding a touch of historical charm to the plateau.
Katharo Plateau: A Tranquil Retreat
For those seeking a tranquil retreat, the Katharo Plateau presents an idyllic haven. Located at a higher elevation than Lassithi, Katharo offers a serene escape into nature. Blanketed with wildflowers in the spring and framed by the distant peaks of Dikti, Katharo Plateau is a haven for walkers and those yearning for solitude. Traditional stone houses dot the landscape, providing a glimpse into the timeless connection between the people of Crete and the land they inhabit.
Omalos Plateau: A Gateway to Adventure
As the Dikti Mountains extend further west, the Omalos Plateau unfolds, showcasing a different facet of Cretan grandeur. This plateau, sitting at an elevation of approximately 1,000 meters, serves as a gateway to adventure, with its proximity to the famous Cave of Zeus and the imposing Dikteon Andron Gorge. Omalos Plateau is a base for hikers and explorers ready to embark on journeys that unravel the mysteries of the Dikti range, offering unparalleled views and a sense of awe-inspiring vastness.
Cultural Heritage and Timeless Traditions
The plateaus surrounding the Dikti Mountains not only captivate with their natural beauty but also bear witness to the enduring traditions of the Cretan people. From the cultivation of olives and grapes to the charming villages that dot the landscape, the symbiotic relationship between the land and its inhabitants is palpable. Traditional Cretan hospitality can be experienced in the mountain villages, where locals warmly welcome visitors to share in their culture and savor the flavors of authentic Cretan cuisine.
In conclusion, the Dikti Mountains and their accompanying plateaus in Crete offer a rich tapestry of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and mythological significance. Exploring Lassithi, Katharo, and Omalos plateaus within the embrace of Dikti is to embark on a journey through time and nature, where the beauty of the landscapes and the warmth of Cretan hospitality create an unforgettable experience.
- ~6 Hours
A breathtaking hike to the summit of Spathi on Dikti mountain, a must-visit peak in Crete. The mountain range boasts a diverse landscape, featuring plateaus like Lassithi, Katharo, Omalos Viannou, and Limnakaro, as well as valleys and secondary peaks. Spathi summit offers unparalleled panoramic views of the island, making it one of the most remarkable summits in Crete.
Aside from the impressive Spathi at 2148m, other notable peaks include Afentis Christos/Psari Madara at 2141m, Lazaros at 2085m, and Madara at 1783m. The hike begins from Limnakaro plateau, situated around 1050m above sea level, and follows a steep ascent through rugged terrain.
Dikti mountain features extensive pine forests (Pinus brutia), Kermes oaks, cypresses, Holm Oaks, and Cretan Maples. The accessibility of the hike caters to those staying in or near Chersonissos, Stalis, Malia, Milatos, Sissi, Elounda, and Agios Nikolaos.
The fertile valleys and plateaus of Dikti play a crucial role in the local economy. The prominent Lasithi Plateau, the largest and most picturesque plateau in Crete, holds great historical significance. Notably, Diktaion Antron, a cave located here, is believed to be the birthplace of Zeus according to mythology. Another myth suggests Zeus was born in Idaion Antron on Mt Idi, while a third combines both, claiming Zeus was born in Diktaion Antron but raised in Idaion.
During this hike, you will conquer the highest summit of Dikti mountain, reaching an impressive 2148 meters. The summit provides an extraordinary vantage point, offering breathtaking views of the Aegean and Lybean seas. Prepare for an exceptional hiking experience.
We offer pick-up services from Heraklion, Chersonissos, Malia, Kokkini Chani, and Stalis. If you require transportation, please provide us with the exact location of your hotel, preferably with a Google Maps link, to ensure a smooth pick-up process.
What to Bring
You will need to pack your lunch.
1.5lt Water ,Sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen, Light jacket and Hiking shoes or Trail Running shoes.
If coming during the winter you need to have a full winter mountaineering clothing as temperature can get below 0oC near the summit.
- Starting Time 10:00
- EndingTime 16:00
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