Crete’s greatest road bike climbs

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Great climbs for great cyclists. Crete's 12 greatest road bike climbs


Great cyclists love challenges. It’s common to dream conquering the most epic mountains. You know how to suffer and want to feel like the heroes of our sport. Hard ascents make you stronger and there is no better feeling than getting to the top of a difficult climb.

We have all watched the pros ascending the legendary climbs of the big races, and hoping that one day we will do the same.

There is no other place as Crete that you can feel like a pro climber. Great weather, great mountains, great views.

Through extensive research we’ve come up with our list of the 12 greatest road bike climbs of Crete. We want to help you explore your way through the most impressive cycling climbs on Crete.

Distance Km Uphill total Downhill totalHighest pointStart point Vertical height differenceLink
Skinakas climb45,77km1932m206m1745m13m1732mmore
Kritsa climb22,28km1230m6m1230m6m1224mmore
Sfakia Asfendou20,58km1151m42m1119m10m1109m
Afroditi 18,25km1119m11m1115m7m1108m
Seliniotikos Giros 37,55km1351m262m1121m27m1094m
Alikianos - Omalos 24,11km1103m66m1134m65m1069m
Selena 32,47km1179m180m1037m36m1001m
Lochria 16,13km1039m40m1015m15m1000m
Krousonas climb 25,73km1066m66m1012m12m1000m
Seli Ampelou 26,4km1014m136m893m18m878mmore


Attention: after every ascent you must return back to the starting point. No matter how exciting and fast is the descent you must be focused on the trail and do not exceed your limits. Accidents happen at the easy part of the route, when you return back and you are tired.