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.
Mountains, valleys, plateaus, and rivers flowing through them.© Natalia Volkova / 123RF
The Cretans are also shepherds to the goats that graze on the cliff-faces.© Marek Poplawski / 123RF
Stepping off the beaten paths in Crete means stepping up to the challenges of the many hiking trails.© Sergey Kohl / 123RF
From these heights, the view is breathtaking.© Anton Chygarev / 123RF
Emblematic of the island, this tree is often planted at the foot of the cliffs.© dziewul / 123RF