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The High Mountains of Crete

The White Mountains, Psiloritis and Lassithi Mountains

Guidebook of walking routes in Crete's mountains, covering the Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Mount Ida (the Psiloritis range), the Lassithi mountains and E4 trail. The 87 walks are graded, and range between 2 and 28km with various longer options, covering a multitude of terrains from rugged mountain ridges to forested crags and beaches.


In theory year round, but winter really is winter and summer can be very hot indeed. Spring and autumn are the most attractive times.


Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, Hora Sfakion


Graded from A to E, easy to remote and rugged, including many backpacking routes in the high mountains. Managing water supplies is most important.

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In the White Mountains, the famous Samaria Gorge and 12 equally spectacular others. Psiloritis (Mount Ida), the summit of the island in central Crete and Mount Dikti in eastern Crete.
14 Aug 2015
17.20 x 11.60 x 2.15cm

Guidebook to walking and trekking the high mountains of Crete. The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete's mountains provide breathtaking walking and wilderness on this popular island. The routes in this guidebook are graded for difficulty and range from short, easy strolls to challenging, multi-day treks, providing options for all walkers. In addition to a wide selection of walks and trekking routes in the White Mountains (Lefka Ori), this book covers Mount Ida in central Crete and the Lassithi Mountains to the east. The guide includes: Western Crete (53 walks in the White Mountains and on the south coast with 10 multi-day treks; Central Crete (17 walks and treks on Mount Ida and in the Psiloritis range); Eastern Crete (12 walks and treks in the Lassithi Mountains) and coverage of the E4 Trail as well as mapping for every route. The book is packed with practical information on walking in Crete, getting there and getting around and advice on making the most out of exploring the island's mountains. With its dramatic gorges and numerous peaks rising to over 2100m, high mountain plains, forested crags, massive cliffs and remote beaches, Crete offers a wide range of landscapes and challenges for walkers.

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Loraine Wilson Cicerone author LWILSO

By Loraine Wilson

Loraine Wilson was an experienced guide to the White Mountains with over 18 years' experience, a wealth of local knowledge and contacts, together with a deep love of the wild landscape and local people. She was also an architectural photographer and her photographs were a splendid attraction in her guidebook. Sadly, Loraine passed away in 2020.

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