Hiking Psiloritis -Mount Ida- 2456m
About The Place
Mount Psiloritis, also known as Mount Ida, stands as the majestic guardian of Crete. Rising to an impressive height of 2,456 meters, it not only holds the distinction of being the highest peak on the island but also carries a rich tapestry of myth, history, and natural splendor.
As you ascend the slopes of Mount Psiloritis, the landscape undergoes a remarkable transformation. Starting with verdant foothills dotted with traditional villages, the journey gradually leads you through fragrant pine forests, where the scent of resin perfumes the air. Higher still, the treeline gives way to alpine meadows that burst forth with wildflowers during the warmer months, painting the landscape with vibrant hues.
The summit, crowned with its blanket of snow in the winter, offers a panorama that stretches far beyond Crete’s shores. From this vantage point, you can see the island’s northern coastline, the azure expanse of the Mediterranean Sea, and even glimpses of neighboring islands.
Myth and history intertwine on Mount Psiloritis, as it’s believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. Ancient Minoan artifacts and ruins are scattered across the mountainside, weaving a narrative that reaches back to the island’s earliest civilizations.
For adventurers, Mount Psiloritis presents a playground of outdoor activities. Hiking trails crisscross the terrain, leading to hidden springs, caves, and panoramic viewpoints. The E4 European Long Distance Path traverses its slopes, inviting hikers to explore its multifaceted landscapes.
Whether you’re seeking a spiritual connection with its mythical heritage, a physical challenge in its rugged terrain, or simply a moment of serenity amidst its natural beauty, Mount Psiloritis delivers an experience that’s as diverse as it is captivating. This towering symbol of Crete’s essence beckons you to explore its heights and uncover the secrets it holds within its embrace.
The panoramic view from the highest point of the island.
Total Distance: 9 km
- Hiking 5 Hours
- Total Duration 8 Hours
An unforgettable hiking adventure to the majestic Mount Ida, also known as Psiloritis, a magnificent chain of mountains. At its pinnacle stands Timios Stavros, meaning Holy Cross, soaring to an impressive altitude of 2,456 meters. This prominent peak claims the title of the highest mountain in Crete and one of the highest all of Greece. The expansive region surrounding Psiloritis is designated as a Natural Park, established in 2001, and proudly holds the prestigious status of a UNESCO Global Geopark. Along the slopes of this awe-inspiring mountain rests the legendary Idaean Cave, a place of mythic significance as the birthplace of Zeus, the revered king of the gods.
Our journey commences with a scenic road trip from Heraklion to Lakkos Mygerou, a captivating drive that takes approximately one and a half hours in each direction. The hiking trail begins on the northern side of the mountain, within the enchanting region known as “Livadiotiko Aori.” Following the renowned path known as “Strata tou Psiloriti” or the Psiloritis Route, we embark from the picturesque plateau of “Lakkos tou Mygerou” at an elevation of 1,580 meters. As we ascend, our trail leads us to the awe-inspiring summit of “Timios Stavros,” crowning the pinnacle of Psiloritis at a breathtaking altitude of 2,456 meters.
At the summit, a humble chapel constructed with simple mountain stones, bound together without any binding material, awaits our arrival. This unique building technique reflects the centuries-old tradition of local shepherds, who skillfully craft stone structures known as “mitata,” serving as shelters or lodgings. From the summit, a panoramic view unfolds, granting us a remarkable perspective of the entire island, spanning every point of the horizon.
- Personal expenses, including coffees and alcoholic drinks
- Anything not mentioned in the “includes” list
What to Bring
Hat – Sunglasses
Experienced Trekking Guide
Free transport from/to your hotel with our vans. (as long as you are within the North Herakleio Coast line area)
Lunch pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)
Trekking equipment (trekking poles, backpack) uppon request
- Minimum of 3 participants
- Starting time 08:00
- Ending time 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