Via Ferrata in Asterousia mountain
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.
The view of the Lybian sea and Kofinas mountain
- Activity 3 Hours
- Total Duration 5 Hours
Prepare for an exhilarating adventure on the only Via Ferrata in Crete, nestled within the breathtaking Asterousia mountain range in Kapetaniana. Offering a moderate level of difficulty, this thrilling route is thoughtfully equipped with ample safety measures, allowing you to immerse yourself in the experience while relishing the awe-inspiring panoramic views of the majestic Libyan Sea throughout your journey. What’s more, this activity is suitable for children aged 8 and above, making it a fantastic option for an unforgettable family holiday filled with excitement.
Our expedition commences as we set off towards the awe-inspiring Asterousia Mountains. These remarkable southern Cretan peaks serve as a natural barrier, separating the picturesque Messara Plain from the glistening Libyan Sea. Within the range, archaeological excavations have uncovered evidence of ancient Cretan cultures, adding a layer of historical significance to its already captivating natural beauty. Recognizing its rich heritage, remarkable history, and exceptional landscapes, the Asterousia Mountains are currently being considered for UNESCO recognition as a revered heritage site.
Our journey continues until we reach the starting point of the Eligia Gorge, situated in the captivating Kapetaniana area. Here, a comprehensive safety briefing awaits, ensuring that you are familiarized with the necessary equipment and essential procedures for traversing the gorge and Via Ferrata safely. Once the briefing concludes, we venture into the gorge, embarking on a short hike that unveils the geological wonders and diverse landscapes of the ravine. It is within this rugged terrain that the Via Ferrata commences, presenting an extraordinary opportunity to witness the untamed beauty of the Cretan landscape. Throughout the ascent, the majestic peak of Kofinas, the highest point in the Asterousia range, graces the route, providing a stunning backdrop to the entire adventure.
As we progress through the Via Ferrata, revel in the captivating Cretan scenery that unfolds before you. Upon reaching the midpoint, where the Mytiki peak resides, be prepared for a captivating moment where the enchanting gorge on one side and the sparkling Libyan Sea on the other captivate your senses. Take a pause and soak in the captivating surroundings, capturing memorable photographs to forever commemorate this unique experience. Moving forward from Mytiki, we follow a circular climbing route that eventually leads us to the end of the Via Ferrata. Subsequently, a brief hike guides us back to our starting point, where we have the option to explore the charming village of Kapetaniana. Nestled at an altitude of 750m on the slopes of the Asterousia Mountains, this quaint village boasts a population of approximately 80 inhabitants and offers awe-inspiring vistas of the Libyan Sea and the mesmerizing Messara Plain.
- Personal expenses, including coffees and alcoholic drinks
- Anything not mentioned in the “includes” list
What to Bring
Trekking shoes or regular sport shoes
Hat – Sunglasses
Experienced Via Ferrata Guide
Free transport from/to your hotel. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
Lunch pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)
Via Ferrata equipment(harness, lanyards, helmet, gloves)
Trekking equipment upon request (trekking poles, backpack)
- Suitable for individuals and small groups (up to 6 persons).
- Participants should be able to hike for 3-4h (moderate hiking) and have no fear of heights.
- Minimum number of 3 participants
- Maximum number of 6 participants
- Starting Time 9:30
- Ending Time 14:30
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