Η στράτα του Ψηλορείτη… Route of Psiloritis


at the top of Psiloritis
at the top of Psiloritis

A group of Slovenian friends, asked us to help them hike to Timios Stavros, the highest peak of mountain Psiloritis (2456m), in Crete Island – Greece. We met on Monday morning in Heraklion, where they picked us up with a minibus and started the long route to the village of Anogeia and then to Migeros plateau.
During the 2 hours drive, we discussed about many things… Our countries, economy, culture, history, mythology…

ascent
ascent

When we reached Migeros at 1670m altitude, we got our backpacks and we started walking slowly up the North side of the mountain, by the well trodden trail called “I strata tou Psiloriti” (Route of Psiloriti). An easy trail, almost 3km long, which leads to the top, where the small church of «Timios Stavros» stands.  It was very windy and we needed 3 hours to cover the distance but the panoramic view of both sides of the island (North and South), was refreshing! After taking the necessary photos, having some snacks and some more talking, we started our descent by the same way. The way down was faster (almost 2 hours) but hard on our knees… no one complained however!

K. B. Marmatzakos

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