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Discover The chalky mountains Greece

Crete is distinctively marked by the mountains found in its centre. These chalky masses; some as high as 8,200 ft, such as the Lefka Ori or the Idi, are surrounded by high plateaus, cut through by gorges and caves, made deeper over the years by erosion. The Greek Society of Speleology (the study of caves) has more than 3,000 members! This amazing natural setting, inaccessible by car, is a wonderful opportunity for hikers. A marked out path called E4 goes right round the island; all you have to do is follow the yellow and black diamond signposts that mark the path.

  • The limestone cliffs, The chalky mountains, Landscapes, Crete
    The limestone cliffs

    The area is dominated by Mount Psiloritis, which peaks at 2 500m.

    © Andrei Nekrassov / 123RF
  • Varied landscapes, The chalky mountains, Landscapes, Crete
    Varied landscapes

    Mountains, valleys, plateaus, and rivers flowing through them.

    © Natalia Volkova / 123RF
  • The populated mountains, The chalky mountains, Landscapes, Crete
    The populated mountains

    The Cretans are also shepherds to the goats that graze on the cliff-faces.

    © Marek Poplawski / 123RF
  • mountains to visit, The chalky mountains, Landscapes, Crete
    mountains to visit

    Stepping off the beaten paths in Crete means stepping up to the challenges of the many hiking trails.

    © Sergey Kohl / 123RF
  • Cretan Landscapes, The chalky mountains, Landscapes, Crete
    Cretan Landscapes

    From these heights, the view is breathtaking.

    © Anton Chygarev / 123RF
  • The olive tree, The chalky mountains, Landscapes, Crete
    The olive tree

    Emblematic of the island, this tree is often planted at the foot of the cliffs.

    © dziewul / 123RF
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