Off road Trip Southern Crete – Asterousia
About The Place
Nestled in the southern reaches of the captivating island of Crete, the Asterousia Mountains stand as a formidable natural barrier, effectively dividing the fertile expanse of the Messara Plain from the azure embrace of the Libyan Sea. These rugged heights, marked by their stunning vistas and rich historical significance, have borne witness to the passage of time and the enduring legacy of ancient Cretan cultures.
The Asterousia Mountains have become a treasure trove for archaeologists, as numerous excavations within their rocky terrain have unearthed invaluable remnants of bygone civilizations. These discoveries offer tantalizing glimpses into the lives and traditions of the people who once thrived within this mountainous realm. It is amidst this scenic backdrop that the historical tapestry of Crete comes to life.
Adjacent to the Asterousia Mountains lies the renowned Minoan site of Phaistos, situated to the north. This ancient city, steeped in myth and legend, has emerged as one of the most significant archaeological sites on the island. Interestingly, the design of the Phaistos palace appears to have been thoughtfully orchestrated to provide its inhabitants with panoramic views that stretch across the sprawling Messara Plain and encompass the majestic Asterousia Mountains. This architectural ingenuity underscores the profound connection between the landscape and the Minoan culture that flourished here millennia ago.
Delving further into history, the Asterousia Mountains have also been known by another name: the Kofinos Range. This alternate moniker finds its origin in the highest peak of the Asteroussia Mountains, a towering summit named Kofinas, which reaches a commanding altitude of 1231 meters. The name “Kofinos Range” preserves the memory of this natural marvel, steeped in both geological grandeur and cultural significance.
In conclusion, the Asterousia Mountains, with their imposing presence and historical allure, stand as a testament to the enduring connection between land and civilization. The ancient Cretan cultures that once thrived within these rugged confines have left behind a rich legacy, and the nearby Phaistos site, strategically oriented to capture the essence of this dramatic landscape, continues to captivate the imagination of modern explorers. Whether known as the Asterousia or Kofinos Range, these mountains remain a compelling chapter in the fascinating story of Crete’s past.
Driving through the gorge of Ag. Savva and the ”steno faragi” passage, where the gorge becomes so narrow that only one car can pass.
Swimming on the amazing beach of Tripiti and the Libyan Sea.
- 8 Hours
Prepare to be captivated by the remarkable diversity of Crete, with its southern region standing as a pinnacle of awe-inspiring experiences. The untamed beauty of this area will leave an indelible impression on your heart, enticing you from the very first moment. The pristine nature of Asterousia, with its rugged landscapes, sparse population, and untouched wilderness, acts as a magnetic force for adventurous souls and seekers of solitude who have found their haven in this remarkable place.
Our exhilarating journey commences in Heraklion, where you will meet your knowledgeable guide and receive a concise overview of the day’s excursion. We set our sights on the south, beginning at the foothills of Mount Giouhtas, a mountain said to be the resting place of Zeus according to ancient mythology. A brief stopover at the picturesque Epanosifi Monastery, established in 1600, presents a perfect opportunity to capture cherished moments through photographs. Our route then takes us along historic provincial roads, weaving through some of Crete’s oldest and most culturally significant villages until we reach the charming village of Vasiliki. Here, you can savor a delightful coffee or refreshing soft drink before embarking on the off-road expedition leading to Tripiti Beach.
Prepare for an exhilarating off-road adventure as we traverse the breathtaking Agios Savvas Gorge and conquer the narrowest path within Tripiti Gorge, ultimately arriving at the mesmerizing Tripiti Beach. Indulge in a rejuvenating swim in the crystal-clear waters of southern Crete, bask in the warm sun, and relish the laid-back ambiance at the quaint, hippie-style tavern. For those with an adventurous spirit, the neighboring Fylakas Beach beckons, offering an opportunity to explore the vibrant underwater world with a snorkeling mask. After soaking up the sun and replenishing your energy, we proceed to a remarkable local tavern situated amidst the ancient olive tree forest within the revered Gorge of Agios Savvas, where you can indulge in delectable, high-quality traditional Cretan cuisine.
As the day unfolds, our journey continues towards the village of Krotos, navigating the scenic provincial dirt road that unveils the majestic beauty and untouched landscapes of southern Crete, leaving you breathless with every turn. A stop at the photogenic Panagia Vithano allows you to capture the essence of this extraordinary place through your lens. Finally, we make our way back to Heraklion via the new provincial road, savoring the memories of an unforgettable off-road adventure.
- Personal expenses, including coffees and alcoholic drinks
- Anything not mentioned in the “Includes” list
What to Bring
Walking shoes or sandals
Hat – Sunglasses
Swimsuit – Towel
Free transport from/to your hotel. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
Land Rover Discovery 3 – Fuels
Lunch (wine, soft drinks, water)
Two Bottles of water and one juice box per person
Binoculars (2 pairs per car)
Sunshade (one per car)
- 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