A beautiful route with magnificent views at an altitude of 2453 meters
Agia Pelagia Beach
We reach an amazing beach where you can have a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Cretan sea
A town which is built at an altitude of 750m and stretches to three levels
Psiloritis mountain or on its ancient name "Ida" (from the Doric word "Idi" or "Ida", which means "trees for wood" or "wooded mountain") is the highest mountain of Crete, with its top at an altitude of 2.453 m. Is included in the «Natura 2000» regions and is characterized by the diversity of landscapes with high biodiversity.
It is a set of exceptional "aesthetic landscapes" and presents a particularly interesting geological formation. In the mountain of Psiloritis, many species of endemic animals and plants of Crete appear, while from the perspective of geomorphology are observed all the types of rocks, from fossilized sea shells to well-formed caves, gulfs and canyons, which give in the land that nurtured the king of the gods, Zeus, a rare beauty over the centuries.
We intend to lead your imagination, ascending from the northeast ridge for about 35 km, until to the beautiful town of Anogia, which is built at an altitude of 750 m and stretches to three levels. A break for a coffee in a traditional local café will give you the opportunity to experience the characteristics of Cretan hospitality, while a short walk will bring you to contact with authentic Cretan people, with traditional Cretan textiles, as well as historic churches and folk art museums.
Subsequently, we are going to move west for 7 km until the village of Axos. A unique landscape spreads to the foothills of Psiloritis, overlooking the flatland of Mylopotamos and an attractive natural scenery. We will head first to the farm of the Mania family. Nature's colours and fragrances will flood you, while you will be able to see, touch and taste local products. The variety of animals and the large area with olive trees, hollies and maples, offer a special sense of the region.
You will also be able to take care of the animals, while you are going to watch the procedure of threshing and milking, as the way that the traditional local cheese is made and how is naturally preserved with a unique way, called "tirokeli". You will have the opportunity to participate in the haircut of the animals (at the right season of the summer), but also in the roasting of the famous local specialty witch called "ofto" (meat), while tasting unique treats.
The pleasure will be complemented by a traditional meal in the loft of Mania’s mansion, where will be presented local tastes and home-made sweets.
Following this experience, we chose to descend through a imaginary route that runs through gorges, traditional settlements and stunning scenery to the northern coast of Crete, towards the beach of Agia Pelagia. It is considered to be one of the island's distinctive tourist resorts, with golden beaches, protected by any wind due to its particular geographical position. There you will have the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear water, before we get the way back to hotel.
The mountain and the sea, the experiential activities in nature, the colours, the aromas and the flavours will all remain memorable and guide your emotions for a lifetime.
The meal is not predetermined but during the journey after drivers question, can each choose his food. For example there are vegetarians as there are people who do not eat pork and so on.
So everybody can choose the meal they wish.
Food menu includes:
- 4-5 first dishes
- Main dish
- Raki and unlimited wine
- Walking shoes or ones that are comfortable for you
- Hat & Sunglasses
- Towel & Swimwear
- Extra money in case you desire to buy souvenirs, local products etc
We operate from April till October
- Lassithi Plateau: 09:30 - 17:30
- Trypitis Beach: 09:30 - 17:30
- Sarakina Gorge: 09:30 - 17:30
- Agiofarago Gorge: 09:30 - 17:30
- Elounda Half-day: 08:00 - 13:30
- Elounda Sunset: 17:00 - 22:20
- Mini Van East Crete: 09:30 - 17:30
- Mini Van West Crete: 09:30 - 17:30