You will jump into a 9 seated van ( free transportation) at the roundabout in front of the fortress of Coules (Heraklion center) , drive around 15` and park at the village of Mirtia. I will guide you through this traditional village to watch the daylife of the Cretans. After a while we will start hiking a few meters away from the village, at the Kounaviano Gorge. Kounaviano canyon is the richest (in vegetation) gorge in the prefecture of Heraklion. The hike is easy for people with just the basic fitness. The distance is around 7 kilometers, with only 150 ascent/ descent. The time of hiking will take 3 hours max (depends from your pace). I will also guide you through the history of the abandoned watermills that were used for grinding grain. After finishing the hike, we will rest for about 15` take some photos and enjoy some raki (traditional drink) , fruits from my farm etc. Finally, we go back to the van and drive back to the place i picked you up
I am co-founder of the company Hike & Explore in Crete and the Running team named "Xoxliosteam". I have studied Sports Science, thus i coach Xoxliosteam in plenty of races, mountains, road races, etc. I was a rower, competing in national championships for 7 years. After a visit to Olympus (highest mountain in Greece) at the age of 17, i discovered my passion for the mountains. Since then, i have hiked, run or scrambled most of the mountains in Greece, as well as gorges, plateus, forests etc. The last 5 years i am an ultra trail runner, competing in races of 50 to 100 miles. I love the combination of sport, athletism and nature. It is the best way for me to expand sports, to discover new peaceful and pictursque places far away from the intense city life. In my opinion, trusting my experience, will and love for nature wont let you down.
Cereal bars Different kind of fruit or vegetables coming out fresh from my garden Local virgin oil, from my production as a…
I will carry a first aid kit in case anything happens. Also a camera will follow our journey, taking photos/ videos and…
Kounaviano canyon is a real oasis in the prefecture of Heraklion. It is part of the Eco Park of Youchtas and the whole area is included in the network of Natura hab. There are several springs, some of which have water all time. Course in the gorge is very easy. There are sycamores, plane trees, willows, oaks, and other trees. Inside the bed, at in three different places we meet abandoned watermills that were used for grinding grain.
Hike in a real Cretan oasis