Via Ferrata in Asterousia mountains
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.
- 3 Hours
Experience the thrilling via ferrata activity in Crete. This exhilarating trip is suitable for individuals with some rock climbing experience. With the aid of a wire and steps along most sections, the climbing is relatively easy. However, certain parts can be exposed, making previous climbing experience recommended but not mandatory.
Rock climbers of all levels will be captivated by the route, offering breathtaking views of the Lybean Sea from the heart of the Asterousia Mountains. Starting near Kapetaniana village at an altitude of 800 meters, this is a must-do adventure for those seeking to explore the authentic face of Crete.
About via ferrata:
A modern via ferrata incorporates a steel cable fixed to the rock, allowing climbers to secure themselves and limit falls. Additional climbing aids such as iron rungs, pegs, and carved steps are provided, making otherwise challenging routes accessible without the need for extensive climbing equipment or unprotected scrambling.
Via ferratas provide an opportunity for less experienced climbers to enjoy breathtaking positions and conquer difficult peaks that were previously accessible only to seasoned mountaineers. We provide all the necessary equipment; you only need to bring your shoes and a small rucksack.
We offer pick-up services exclusively from Heraklion town at a designated location near Talos Plaza shopping center, as indicated on this Google Map
What to Bring
You will need to pack your lunch.
1.5lt Water ,Sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen, along with a good hiking shoe or trail running shoes.
Normal sport shoes can also be used but not recommended as the rock is quiet sharp on some places and there is a big change to make a hole on them!
- Max weight limit is 105kg.
- Minimum 3 persons
- Starting Time 10:00
- EndingTime 13:00
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