WILD SOUTH CRETA

Overview



Fitness


Technique
Distance
28 km
Altitude
1050m ↑ / 1050m ↓
Start at
9:00am (May 20th to September 10th at 8:00 am)
Duration
6-7h (riding time 3.5-4.5h)

Highlights


  • The breathtaking view of Libyan sea
  • The narrow canyon of Tripiti
  • The naked and rocky Asterousia mountains
  • The café stop next to the sea
  • The scent of the thymes
  • The downhill from 640 meters to the sea
  • The ride next to the sea
  • The wild goats
  • The small tavern at Vasiliki village

Landscape

Round mountain bike tour only for mountain bikers that ride very often.

Asterousia mountains at the south coast of Heraklion are not as massive as Dikti, Psiloritis or White mountains but for some people are the most beautiful in the island. They are covered with very small bushes (mainly thyme and sage) and some trees that incline close to the ground to survive from the wind. The deep canyons, the big rocks and Libyan sea create a unique landscape unbelievably beautiful.

The tour starts from Vasilliki village at the foot hills of Asterousia mountains and after two uphill sections through an area full of pastures and some olive trees we reach the top of the tour at 640 meters elevation. The view of Asterousia mountains and Libyan sea is magical. Here starts an endless downhill that ends at the sea. It is impossible to do all this descent without a stop to admire the breathtaking view and take dozens of photos.
The highlight of the tour is the pass through the canyon of Tripiti. The narrow canyon with the vertical rock is amazing.

At a small traditional cafe next to the sea we refresh and take a rest under the shadow of the trees. If you want you can swim in the crystal clear water of the Libyan sea, just take your swimsuit and a very small towel. In the cafe there is a shower also.

After this pause we ride the bikes again. In the beginning we ride next to the sea and after the uphill starts. You must ride slowly so that you will not be exhausted. The road at some sections is steep and loose. After 400 meters of uphill with some flat sections we arrive at Krotos village where there is a fountain with fresh water. A fast flat dirt road that lead us back to Vasiliki village starts here.

At Vasiliki we taste some home made meze at Marias Tavern, our favorite in Crete.

Terrain

The mountain bike tour is performed by rural dirt roads. There are no single trails.
The uphill sections have mild or steep slope.
There are some downhill sections with loose ground that you must ride slower and control your bike.

Adults

80€

/ Person

Kids

65€

/ Person

Discount up to 15% for groups!

Included in the price


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

  • water bottle
  • local guide
  • coffee and snack stop

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Maps

  • Included pick up and drop-off from Hotels at Hersonissos, Analipsi, Gouves.
  • 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 sportive people only
  • It is recommend that you wear sport clothes, sport shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • The tour distance is 28Km and total uphill is 1050 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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