The best way to explore Crete is to walk across the island following ancient paths and having the opportunity to see landscapes of great diversity.
Except from a large network of trails, part from the E4 (European Long Distance Path), there are plenty of options of majestic mapped routes, to follow.
Nine mountaineering and trekking clubs operate in Crete so the lovers of geo-tourism can discover new places, especially after the declaration of Psiloritis Range and Sitia mountains as “Protected Geoparks”.
The coastal trail (part of E4 path) connecting Sougia to Agia Roumeli, starts from Sougia and reaches Agios Antonios at Charei, after a tiring course with amazing sea views.
The path crosses landscapes with high and low vegetation. After uphill course it reaches the fortress Voukelasi and the chapel of Prophet Elias, which has stunning sea views. Then, it descends to the bed of the gorge of Tripiti and its exit to the sea.
From this point a seaside path passes by the beach Sendoni and starts ascending. The route leads to the magnificent beach Domata at the exit of the gorge of Klados.
From Domata starts one of the hardest and the most beautiful parts of E4 in Crete, which ends at Agia Roumeli after 4 hours.