mountain bike tour crossing Dikti mountains from Lasithi Plateau to Istro beach


58 km
750meters ↑ / 1650meters ↓
Start at
7-8h (riding time 3,5-4h)


  • Lasithi plateu
  • the view of Dikti mountains, Thripti mountains, Chrisi island and south Crete
  • Havgas canyon
  • Katharo plateau and the small traditional cafe
  • the fresh water from the fountain
  • Selakano forest
  • the endeless stony downhill
  • Prina village
  • Istro beach


An epic mountain bike tour that crosses all Dikti mountains from Lasithi Plateau to Istro bay, with amazing views, unique landscapes and endless downhills.

The tour is recommended only for experienced cyclists.

After 45 minutes of car transfer we reach Ambelos pass at 900 meters of Altitude. A warm up in the famous Lasithi plateau and then starts the main uphill (400meters) to Katharo plateau. The view of Lasithi plateau from 1220 meters of altitude is amazing. After a short downhill and a stop to view Havgas canyon we arrive to Avdeliako village where we do a short pause for refreshments and energy snack in a small traditional café. We ride again the bikes and we cross all Katharo plateau. We reach the south slopes of Dikti and we ride around the mountains with amazing view of Selakano forest, Chrisi island and Thripti mountains.

After some very short uphills (20-30meters) through magnificent sceneries with Pine and Oak trees we start to descend to Helona plateu. The road is full of stones and we do several stops to take photos and rest the hands. The view changes and now we can gaze the Merabelo gulf and Istro bays. A narrow old rocky road leads us to Prina village where we refill our bottles with cool water from a fountain. At the end a last downhill through a Pine forest and the tour ends at Marias canteen to taste some souvlaki next to the sea.

Our mini bus waits for us at Istro bay and after 50 minutes of driving we arrive back to CyclingCreta bike center.

Road surface

The 95% of the mountain bike tour is performed on rural dirt roads with stones. There is a main uphill section of 400 meters and many other very short uphills 40-50 meters. The downhill sections are not dangerous without jumps, there are too many stones and we do several stops to see the view, take photos and rest the hands.



/ Person

Included in the price

  • mountain bike
  • helmet gloves
  • platform or shimano spd pedals

  • water bottle
  • local guide
  • coffee and snack stop

tour is available only upon request. Minimu group size 3 riders!


  • Included pick up and drop-off from Hotels at Hersonissos, Analipsi, Stalis, Gouves, Heraklion.
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • All passenger heights MUST be advised at time of booking
  • All passenger hotel MUST be advised at time of booking
  • Recommended for experienced mountain bikers and road cyclists only
  • It is recommend that you wear sport clothes, sport shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • The tours distance is 58Km and total uphill is 750 meters.
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints, pregnant women or other serious medical conditions
  • Youth under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult

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