Hike and bike holiday adventurous walking and cycling tours on Crete

Hike and bike holiday adventurous walking and cycling tours on Crete: This year we have set up a number of new walks and cycling routes. Here we give an overview of these new possibilities for a hike and bike holiday adventurous hiking and biking tours on Crete. You can walk and cycle these routes with us. But we also have GPS options to do these routes individually. Also the guests who have hiked and/or cycled with us more often will be pleasantly surprised by these new routes. You can book this as a package deal: three hikes and two cycle tours in eight days or vice versa: two hikes and three cycle tours. All photos are from 2020 – 2021. Taken in winter while setting up the routes.

Walking routes on Crete

The amygdala: From the village where we start the walk, we walk through olive fields to a beautiful church. While walking we have a beautiful view of the different mountains around this valley. In the spring, snow can still be seen on some mountains. Chances are that we will encounter a flock of sheep along the way. Via three typical Cretan villages we walk back through the olive fields and cross a river to get back to the first village.

  • Length: approximately 11 km
  • Altitude difference: about 400 meters

Hike with many views: We start the hike in one of the oldest villages in the area, founded in Byzantine times. From the village we continue our way through the fields with beautiful views over the valley. We regularly see the sea and Dia island. Via the olive fields and vineyards, with a view of the Juchta mountain and on Psiloritis, the highest mountain in Crete with a white peak for 7 months a year, we walk to a second village. We take a village walk through this village and visit a number of churches. After lunch we walk via a different route, through the fields, back to the village where we started the walk.

  • Length: approximately 12 km
  • Altitude difference: about 200 meters

Neraidospilio: The walk starts in a village in the area. We walk through the olive fields to a church. Via an ancient Roman bridge, where turtles can often be seen in the water, we walk through an abandoned village to a small lake. According to mythology, elves and fairies come together at this lake. We continue our way through a gorge, a completely different environment. We have to climb a bit and regularly cross a river. After the gorge we walk back through the fields to our starting point.

  • Length: approximately 15.5 km
  • Altitude difference: about 400 meters

Fossil gorge: From the village we descend fairly quickly into a gorge. This is a fairly wide gorge, with many types of stones. It’s like a geological grab bag! With some luck we will see turtles on the way. We walk along a beautiful sandstone wall where many fossils can be seen. After we have walked through the gorge for a while, we walk back to Zorbas via the olive fields, a village and the beach.

  • Length: approximately 10 km
  • Altitude difference: about 300 meters

The kalderimi: The name of the village we walk to first means “dark”, because of the nearby cave that we will not visit during this walk. Via an old kalderimi, where people have walked for hundreds of years before we even got into the cars, we walk through a bamboo river and through an orange/lemon area to a church in the village. We leave the village via sandy paths, through olive fields, on the way to the picnic spot. After lunch at a hidden church between the pine trees we walk along a dry waterfall via country roads to an ancient village with its own water source where time has stood still. From here we walk back to the car via another route.

  • Length: approximately 14 km
  • Altitude difference: about 500 meters

The hidden grave: Via olive fields and two authentic Cretan villages we climb to a church from the year 600. Over a mountain ridge, with beautiful sea views, we walk to a hidden church with hidden graves. We continue the road over a kalderimi, past a shepherd to reach a gorge via a pine forest and bamboo lane. This is where scrambling skills come in handy! After a climbing and scrambling part we leave the gorge and walk through an old kalderimi and a picturesque village to our starting point.

  • Length: approximately 10 km
  • Altitude difference: about 300 meters

Toupaki: we start the walk just outside a village in the area. Via a bamboo lane and olive fields we climb a bit to an old church on a hill. After having seen the church, we walk down again to walk through a small village, another church and through nature to an abandoned shepherd’s village. Here the landscape becomes a bit rougher, with rocks from the Ice Age. We descend through this beautiful landscape to an old bridge to walk back through olive fields to our starting point.

  • Length: approximately 14.5 km
  • Altitude difference: about 400 meters

Jungle, river, adventure: our walk starts between the olive fields with beautiful views to the sea, in the valley and in the gorge. Through these fields we walk to a village, where we take a small village walk. We leave the village via another road to descend to a gorge, where our adventure begins. The path takes us along a small river, sometimes passable, sometimes with some obstacles. We cross the river several times, sometimes easier than other times. Some scrambling skills and muscle strength are needed! After we have left the gorge, a steep climb between the olive fields awaits us to our starting point.

  • Length: approximately 16 km
  • Altitude difference: about 600 meters

Skopela Gorge: The start is at an old monastery. We walk through an old Venetian village and olive fields to the next village. We walk down to a gorge. After our walk through the gorge we walk back to the village via a mountain path. Via an old connecting road we walk to a beautiful olive field where we have lunch. After lunch we walk back to the monastery where we started the walk.

  • Length: approximately 15 km
  • Altitude difference: about 600 meters

Galipe valley: from a village in the area we walk through olive fields to a beautiful church. There is some climbing involved, but the views make up for it. Then we walk on to the next village. The landscape is an alternation of olive trees and rougher landscape. Via a monastery we walk to the next village with an old water source where the bottles can be refilled. After this we walk, with a view of a dry waterfall, through fields with beautiful views. After some climbing through rougher landscapes, we come back to our starting point.

  • Length: approximately 16.5 km
  • Altitude difference: about 550 meters

Sunrise walk: We leave Zorbas early and drive to a village nearby. At a monastery we first drink coffee to wake up. Then we walk through a beautiful hilly landscape with many olive trees, while enjoying a beautiful sunrise. We walk through the fields to an olive field. After a delicious breakfast in this olive field, we walk to an authentic village. From here we walk through the fields back to the first village. After a visit to the kafeneion we walk back to our starting point.

  • Length: approximately 10-12 km
  • Altitude difference: about 300 meters

Jungle hike: this hike is for the real adventurers.  The hike leads us along a little river, above a gorge. We have very nice views and regularly we have to make our way through the bushes and climb and scramble carefully. After we walked along the gorge, we follow our way along vineyards and through the olive fields back to our starting point.

  • Length: approximately 7 km
  • Altitude difference: about 200 meters

Cycle routes

Route 1 (half a day):

We leave from Zorbas and immediately start with a considerable climb. Via two villages and olive fields we cycle, with a bit of off-road, to a church for our coffee break. From the church you have a beautiful view of the area. We regularly see Juchta and Psiloritis, but also the sea. Via two other villages we climb a little more and then descend wonderfully again to sea level. We cycle back to Zorbas along the sea.

  • Length: approximately 28 km
  • Altitude difference: about 500 meters

Route 2 (half a day):

Our starting point is Zorbas. From here we climb over the mountain inland to cycle through a beautiful old village to a village from 1583. Here is an old wine press where we cycle past. Via an off-road road we cycle through another small village to a somewhat larger village. Here we have beautiful views of the olive fields around us. After a tour of this village, we start the descent towards the sea and Zorbas.

  • Length: approximately 27.5 km
  • Altitude difference: about 515 meters

Route 3 (full day):

We cycle from Zorbas and start with a climb of about 200 meters. Through a beautiful village we cycle through the olive fields towards a somewhat larger village in the area. We continue our way with some ascending and descending to a monastery. Here we stop to have a look around. The monastery has a beautiful church and a museum. Then we cycle on to the native village of Nikos Kazantzakis, where we take a village walk. This tour is a combination of cycling and short walks! Via a different route we descend back to Zorbas.

  • Length: approximately 45 km
  • Altitude difference: about 800 meters