In 2015 the next step was done:
Both having cooperation as their philosophy, Discover on Foot and Walking Dimension shared their knowledge and their work with a great result. A colourful guide with 9 marked walks around the village and plenty of information about Mirtos is now available for the visitors. Ask for the booklet in your accommodation or in the local stores.
Explore the South East of Crete
Here are two examples:
The Sarakina Gorge
The impressive Sarakina gorge is approx. six kilometers far from Mirtos. After the narrow entrance with high walls of colored rocks the adventure of crossing this gorge starts .
Huge rocks are spread over the whole length of the gorge. The visitor has to climb over or sometimes pass under them. Depending on the season and the amount of rain during the winter the gorge contains more or less water.
Partly it is necessary to pass until the knees or even deeper through basins full of water. A couple of years ago the local authorities made some steps in the rocks to make the passage easier.
Don’t hesitate to return if you feel unsure about your condition or climbing abilities, your personal safety goes first! We don’t recommended to do this tour alone.
The Dikti Mountains
Mirtos is located at the south side of a large mountain range, the Dikti Mountains. The highest point of these mountains is named Dikti or Spathi (sword) by the locals .
There are several options to reach the 2148 m high peak. The nearest one to Mirtos is the route from Selakano, a high located valley in the largest forest region of Eastern Crete.
The first part of the walk follows the E4 path (European long distance walking route E4) until a saddle and then further up to the peak. It is a fantastic, but surely challenging walk with 8 to 9 hours walking time from Selakano and back.
The rewards are fabulous: great views to the Lassithi plateau, the Ida Mountains in the West, the Thripti Mountains in the East and of course to the sea at the North and the South side of the island.
It is advisable to do this walk with a guide who knows the path and the region well. The best time to do such a mountain trip would be in September and October. In this period the peak is free of snow and the weather conditions are still quite stable.
Good condition, full health and good walking boots are required.
Walking time: approx. 8 – 9 h
High distance: approx. 1200 m
Kilometers: approx. 18
is about walking and a lot more. The walker will learn all about Cretan traditions, the flora and fauna of Crete and the secret of the healthy Cretan diet. Angela Sturmayr, the driving force of the organisation, is acquainted with almost everyone on the island and has a vast knowledge of flowers, herbs, edible plants, traditional Cretan Cuisine and History.