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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.

Must See

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

A guidebook to 82 day walks and 10 treks in Crete’s high mountains. Exploring the beautiful scenery of Greece’s largest island, the routes are suitable for walkers of all levels, from beginners to experienced hikers.

The routes range from 2 to 28km (1–17 miles) in length and can be enjoyed in 2–14 hours. Routes are split into three sections covering Lefka Ori (White Mountains) in western Crete, Mount Ida in the central region and the Lassithi Mountains in the east. Each route is graded for difficulty from easy to remote and rugged allowing you to pick the routes that suit you.

  • Sketch mapping included
  • Walks cover parts of the long-distance European E4 trail
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Detailed information on public transport to and around the island
  • Easy access from Heraklion

Table of Contents
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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