Mountain climbing on Crete
Hillside of Spathiou
The second most impressive slope in Crete after GIGALO. It is situated above the plains of LASITHI in the plateau of LIMNAKARO and it is on the hillside of SPATHIOU. On the slope, 14 courses have been opened from IV to VI+ difficulty. None of the above are outfitted with permenant safe guards. Because of this, only competent climbers with proper gear should attempt this.
Rock climbing beside the sea in Kalathas in Hania Province. These rocks don't exceed 15 meters, but all of them have a difficulty level of IV - VII. There are about 30 courses and variations. Kalathas is 10 km outside of the city of HANIA on the peninsula of AKROTIRI All courses have top-rope safe guards
Agiofaraggo is located beside the KALOUS LIMNES in southern part of Iraklio province. Six courses have been opened which are 50 metres high. The difficulty level ranges from V to VII.
Asterousia mountain, summit of Kofina
In the Asterousia mountain range in southern part of Iraklio province, the village of Kapetaniana sits beside the tall summit of Kofina It has, outside of the locals, an established Austrian couple who have installed the entire climbing area with permenant safe guards. The climbing routes are not very tall, only from 15m to 60m, but the difficulty ranges from IV-VIII. To follow the route, only small riggings are necessary.
These rocks are found above the Iraklio - Agio Nikalaou National Road in the area of KOKKINI CHANI. Kopsias encompasses a climbing area in which the rocks don't exceed 60 meters in height. About 20 courses have been opened with level of difficulty from IV to VIII.
Exactly below the bridge of the Iraklio-Rethimno National Road is the beach of Paliokastro. On the right side is a 15 metre rock which has 3 courses with a difficulty level from V to VII. There are also parallel routes with a similar difficulty. The safeguards of the courses use Top-rope.
The most impressive climbing slope in Crete. It is exactly above the SAMARIA GORGE. The approach to the site demands a one hour walk from the hiking trail or from the entrace to the gorge, KSILOSKALO. About 15 courses have been opened and there are many parellel ones. The difficulty level ranges from V to VII, at the most. Because of the rough terrain, there is no rigging for permenent safe gaurds. The height ranges from 400m to 800m. This site is for those who worship challenging courses.
On the AKROTIRI Peninsula, 14 km outside of the city of HANIA, is the beach of Stavros. The climbing slope raises behind the beach. There are 6 courses ranging in height from 60-80 metres and difficulty levels from V - VII. There are no interim safguards except relay.
Just outside of Hania is Crete's climbing paradise - the Therissos gorge. Along the road to the village of Therissos, there are several V-VIII courses. Many are well safe-guarded. Therissos is 14 miles southwest from the city of Hania.
Αγώνας δρόμου προς τιμήν του μεσαρίτη ήρωα Ιωσαάφ Ξωπατέρα. Ακολουθεί γλέντι με παραδοσιακά γλυκίσματα, χορό και τραγούδι, καθώς και ομιλία για τη ζωή και το έργο του Ιωσαάφ Ξωπατέρα.
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Adventures in Crete
Rock clibing, Hiking trails, Parapente, Mountai shelters
- Rethymno Prefecture Tourism Committee WebPage
If the wind is East or even if it is still, it is always worthwhile to take a trip above Askufo. The small rural road which is 4 km above the village, will lead you to the takeoff which is situated on the mountain peak. Askufo plain, even in dead calm, produces a strong wind current which is capable of keeping you in the air for hours. The landing in the plateau certainly will not be one of the easiest things that you have done but, why not try? The elevation variance is 450m
In the eastern part of central Crete, in the village of Abdou, there is another parapente site. The elevation variance is 350m and the oreintation is to the North. The small plain around the village offers breathtaking excitement and flights with good takeoff and landing.
Above the ancient city of Falarasana, modern wings fly. With the air coming fresh from the sea and the touch of the hillside, you will find yourself flying above the ancient city. The orientation of the flight is West and the elevation variance is 150-200m. The strong winds however are capable of lifting you even higher. Falarasana is located in the western part of Crete.
An area in which you can see many unique beauties is the plateau of Lassithi. It is possible do many things: to hike, to explore caves in nearby Dikti Andro, and to fly parapente from the village of Kaminaki. The village is situated at the end of the plateau. It has a Northern orientation with a elevation variance of 300m. There is a mountainous rural road which leads to the takeoff which is relatively good. The landing, of course, is below in the village in which the willing and hospitable Cretan people will offer you the traditional drink, "tsikoudia". And after a nice flight, it's worth it.
About 50 km, outside the city of Hania is the lake of Kourna. With Northern and North-eastern oreintation and with an elevation variance of 550 m. this certainly is a unique flight. The hillside around the lake produces a strong current, which will make your flight interesting and last for hours.
George Antonakakis, ed.
This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Multimedia Systems Center URL below.
One of the most beautiful flights in Crete in the plains of Omalos. It is situated about 45 km outside of the city of Hania. The takeoff site is at the end of the road for the Kallergi shelter and its orientation is Northwest-West. The takeoff is not very easy and the ground is rocky, but the flights from here are magical. You fly exactly beside the gorge of Samaria and Gigalo mountain. The elevation variance is 640 m.
In the most visited part of Crete, beside the road of Hersonissos and Malia, you will find an amazing slope. It has a Northern orientation. The elevation variance can be from 150 to 300 metres. The site is above the village of Stalida and the approach is very easy. You can almost reach the takeoff point entirely by car.
Barupetro is situated only 7 km outside Hania. A small rural road begins outside of the village and leads to the takeoff which has an elevation variance of 150m. It has Northern orientation and the view is amazing - below you are the White Mountains and the lake of Agia.
The shelter is found in the area of Anestassi, above the west side of the Limnakaro plains. It is about one hour and 45 minutes from Agios Georgios. (Details & photo in the following URL)
Tavris Askifou shelter
This shelter is situated in the plateau above the village of Askyfo in the Sfakia region. The shelter was built on land donated by the mountaineer, Christos Christodoulakhs from Askufo. Its construction began in 1988 and finished in 1992. In the plataeu of Tavris Niato and in the summits of Kastro, the mountaineers of Hania have accomplished ascents since 1930. In Askyfo and in Tavris, they used for the first time Sking in Crete in 1955. (Details & photo in the following URL)
Toubotos Prinos shelter
The shelter is 3 hours and 45 minutes from Fourfoura, where the road leads to the village Kouroutes and to the shelter. Toubotos is situated in the western slopes of the Psiloritis mountains with a view of the White Mountains and the Libian Sea. To stay there, you must get in touch with the Hiking club of Rethymno. (Details & photo in the following URL)
The shelter is situated on the western slopes of the White Mountains. It is surrounded by the summits of Spathi, Venizelos and Agio Pnevma which offer summer and winter climbing adventures. The mountain shelter of Bolika was the first mountainer shelter built in Crete. It is 3-hour hike from the village of Kavi to the shelter. It is possible to go faster if you use the mountainous rural roads, which require only about an hour of hiking. (Details & photo in the following URL)
Prinos (Psiloriti) shelter
The shelter services the summits of Gyristi (1779 m) and Koudouni (1860 m) as well as many crossing hiking routes. In the gorge, there are three 60m rock climbing routes with a difficulty of VI. There are two ways to get to the shelter. From the village of Ano Assites, head towards the village of Prinas On your right as you leave the village, there is a dirt road which is labeled at the junctions until the area of the "bee hives". There you will meet an entrance. Soon afterwhich a path begins leading to the gorge. The route of the path is very well labelled. The hike is from 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
From the village of Kato Assites, you can drive to the Monastery of Gorgoleni and continue along a dirt road towards the dry fields in which there is a cement tank. From here, leave the car and after a 20 minute walk, you will arrive at the shelter. (Details & photo in the following URL)
Katsiveli - Svourichtis shelter
This is a small and picturesque mountain shelter. It is situated in the center of the White Mountains. To get to the shelter, you need about 6 hours of hiking from the Kallergi shelter or about 7 hours from the Xiloskalo. There is an alternative route, from the village of Anopoli in the Sfakia area, which takes about 6 hours. It is possible to go faster if you use the mountainous rural roads, which demand only 3 hours of hiking. (Details & photo in the following URL)
It is the jewel of the White Mountains. The hike from OMALOS is about 1-1/2 hours or 5 km along a rural road. The shelter is situated above the gorge of SAMARIA with a unique view of the White Mountains. It is open from April until the end of October to welcome hikers and tired travellers. (Περισσότερα στοιχεία & φωτογραφία στην ακόλουθη ιστοσελίδα)
The mountain refuge at Kalergis can be reached from a road on the
left, 1km before the entrance to Samaria. It is about 5km uphill. The refuge is
at 1,680 metres above sea level and can provide comfortable overnight accommodation
(40 beds). Some major paths to the peaks of the Lefka Ori start from here. Details
can be found at the EOT office in Chania or through the Mountaineering Club of
This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
During winter the snow in this area is abundant and a downhill ski
centre operates at the base of the summit of Psiloritis. After you reach the plateau
of Nida and the road starts to wind down there is a right turn that leads to the
This text is cited Dec 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
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Palekastro in the last few years has become the center for Wind surfing
at the beach of Kouremenos. With the Meltemies often blowing, the naturally clean
beach and surrounding waters make the Beach of Palekastro one of the most popular
beach in Greece. At the Beach of Kouremenos there is a well organized French
School for Wind surfing, manned by professional teachers, supplying equipment
and giving lessons to beginners and skilled wind surfers. The school is working
from June to the end of September. Palekastro is one of the few places in Greece
for the passionate lovers of wind surfing to enjoy the Meltemi especially through
the months of July and August that the wind blows strongly in the area.
This text is cited Nov 2003 from the Municipality of Itanos URL below, which contains images