Best time to visit Crete

Hiking in Crete

This is the best way to discover Crete and its amazing nature

Best time: May–June | September–October


The island of Crete is known not just for its wonderful beaches, but also as an awesome destination for hiking and trekking. There are three main hiking regions, namely: the Lefka Ori (or the White Mountains), the spectacular south coast, and the glorious Cretan gorges.

Lefka Ori, also famous as the White Mountains, has such a name because of white rocks covered with snow during the wintertime. It's one of the most famous trekking spots in Crete with an altitude of 2,080m. The hike takes approximately four days and three nights. On the South Coast of Crete, there is a hiking route from Tripiti to Sougia. It features breathtaking landscapes of coastline and the bay of Sougia. While walking, you will have the chance to visit the ancient town of Pikilassos, the remains of a Venetian fortress, and the old chapel of Prophet Elias which stands 400 m above the Libyan sea.

Richtis Gorge is a tiny green paradise in the Eastern part of Crete. While trekking you will see ancient water mills. Also, you can have a chilling and exotic bath in the 20 m high falls of Richtis. The Gorge of Death (Zakros Gorge) is a wonderful place, full of caves, rocks, and high walls. Wondering why the gorge has such a scary name? It's because of the tombs of the Minoan inhabitants which were once found in this territory. You'll discover lots of interesting archaeological landmarks in the area.

The best time for hiking in Crete is during May and June. At that time, the weather is very enjoyable, trails are not crowded, and the abundance of blooming wildflowers is another pleasant bonus. September and October is another suitable period for hiking, but at this time nature and the air can be pretty dry because of the period of arid weather.

Practical info

When is the best time to go hiking in Crete?

It is highly recommended to hike or trek in Crete during May and June. These months offer more pleasant weather conditions and less crowded trails. Another favorable time is September and October, though this period may be dry because of arid weather conditions. Show more

Where are the best hiking trails located in Crete?

Lefka Ori, the South Coast, and the Cretan gorges are three of the top hiking regions in Crete. Lefka Ori is a favorite among experienced hikers, thanks to its high altitude and challenging trails. The South Coast offers an impressive trek from Tripiti to Sougia, along the ancient town of Pikilassos, providing stunning views of the Libyan sea. While traversing the Cretan gorges, visitors will come across famous landmarks such as the Richtis Gorge and Zakros Gorge. Show more

What are some of the iconic landmarks to see while hiking in Crete?

Hiking in Crete would not be complete without exploring the historic landmarks such as the ancient water mills in Richtis Gorge, the Venetian fortress and old chapel of Prophet Elias in South Coast, and the archaeological sites located in Zakros Gorge. They offer insights into the Minoan civilization that flourished in ancient Crete. Show more

Can beginners go hiking in Crete, or are the trails for experienced hikers only?

The hiking trails in Crete are suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers alike. However, it's essential for beginners to choose trails with less intensity and shorter distances. Meanwhile, experienced hikers can attempt the more challenging and longer routes. Adequate preparation before the hike, such as wearing appropriate clothing and gear accompanied by enough food and water, is essential. It is fundamental to be aware of sudden weather changes and rocky terrain as they can be hazardous. Show more

Are there any safety precautions that hikers should take while exploring the hiking trails in Crete?

Hikers must practice some safety precautions while exploring the trails in Crete. Carrying enough water and food, wearing appropriate hiking boots, and packing essential gear, like a first-aid kit, compass, and map, is a must. Hikers must also be watchful of changing weather patterns. Avoiding the trails during thunderstorms or torrential rainfall is essential since the land terrain can turn treacherous. It is always sensible to inform someone of the chosen route and expected return time before beginning the hike. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych