Explore the most popular birding trails in Greece with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

Amazing views. Super hot in July, but a great workout and totally worth it!!

Incredible view! Great hike. The sun was pretty relentless but we were prepared with hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.

So beautiful!

23 days ago

Incredible views of the sea!

Really nice trail. Basically only going downhill with nicely prepared stairs for the first cpuple of hundred meter drop. Good to wall. The is one bus in the morning getting you up their from Chania and one ferry at approx 17:30 to get you back to a different bus stop.

1 month ago

Great time to stretch the legs after some beach time.

1 month ago

To much people in Oia.

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2 months ago

An absolute must-do if you are a hiker and want to experience Crete in it's mountainous glory - I'll echo the sentiments of the others! My wife and I hiked this trail last June (2017) on a vacation tour through Greece and Crete. The hike begins high in the mountains (what a ride just to get up there) and for the first few miles it is a winding decent down the slope of the mountain. With all the busses dropping off the tour groups it begins very busy but after the first few miles each team sets their own pace and the lack opens up. As the mountain portion ends, the remainder of the decent is following the path of a dried river bed - so lots of rocks and boulders as the terrain! The mountainous scenery and the cliffside vistas are truly spectacular! I do recommend you wear suitable hiking footwear (not just sneakers) as I had proper hiking boots and was described as a nimble centaur hopping through the pathway, my wife ended up losing both toenails (after a few months) from the improper footwear damaging her feet on the cobbly downwards riverbed. Truly an unparalleled adventure to remember!

2 months ago

This is a super pretty hike along the edge of the caldera.

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2 months ago

Done in June 2009.

A great big hike downhill until you reach the sea. Easy to do but long. Mostly loose gravel. The wall climbing goats are amazing ;-)

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2 months ago

I did this hike with my 19 year son in July 2017. It was definitely the highlight of our Crete vacation. It was not a hard hike but you constantly had to look down as it was very rocky. You had to make sure you stepped right so you didn't hurt yourself. Other than that it was definitely worth it. I highly recommend this hike. Loved every part of the hike as it was very beautiful and scenic. The boat ride from Agia Roumelli to Sougia was also amazing. We used Diana's Travel in Chania. They picked us up & dropped us off at our hotel - Porto Platanias. The guide was great!

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3 months ago

Awesome hike with spectacular view of Santorini, sapphire ocean and landscape surrounding.

Der trail ist auf kreta

3 months ago

Perfect temperature for the hike at the end of March. My friend’s mother came along as a first time hiker. We went slow with a lot of stops but completed the hike in about 3 hours. She is now able to say she is a hiker!

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8 months ago

beautiful track with amazing views. the mountains are breathtaking and you can see the details of how the gorges were created.
Long decent to start with as you only get the narrow gorge part around 7km into the walk. really worth it if you are in Crete.

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9 months ago

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING must do hike while in Crete. Highlight of our 2 week Athens, Crete, Mykinos and Santorini trip!! Tough on the knees. Highly recommend trekking poles and lots of food.Took my daughter(26) and me (64) four and 1/2 hours to get to the beach where we promptly jumped in!! Be sure try to do the last 3km through the old village to the beach which is only slightly downhill!!

The only thing that makes this a hard hike is the length. I have fragile knees and ankles but I took my time and went slow. I wish I had trekking poles and good ankle support but I did this hike just under 6 hours in trail tennis shoes. I was sore for about 3 days. Views were amazing and the ocean at the end is truly beautiful. Great hike, super exotic rock colors, clear pristine mountain streams, amazing ancient shrines and villages. Very cool. Bring snacks, maybe a sandwich and water, but there are fill up point along the way.

Did this 20 years ago, and loved it even more this time!

Beautiful views of town and harbor!

9 months ago

Amazing views

Great hike. Bring any food you need. Plenty of water along the route but perhaps bring electrolyte tablets to add to your bottles. Make sure to have stable good shoes.

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11 months ago

This mountain will always bring me back to Kefalonia.

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11 months ago

I did this trek in early-October while staying in Oia, after an unforgettable ten days sailing the Cyclades. I started in Oia and went a little more than halfway, where I rendezvoused with a friend who was staying in Fira; we walked back together to Oia for dinner. This is a walk-hike mix trail with just enough incline to keep your heart pumping. You're exposed the entire time and I underestimated the need for water -- bring a good two liters. This is a perfect trek for beginner hikers and a must-do for photographers. The distant perspective of Oia (and I imagine Fira) is absolutely stunning. I didn't do this during sunrise or sunset, but will make a point of it next time (although watching the sunrise and sunset anywhere in Santorini are among the best in the world!). There's a bus that runs between Fira-Oia and Oia-Fira throughout the day, so you can make this a one-way hike, if you want. Just check the bus schedule -- and know they won't run on time; you're in Greece!

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11 months ago

A must-do when visiting Crete! Beautiful views, well maintained and after the hike you can chill in the sea, so take swimming clothes! :)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Amazing!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Did this as my first solo hike. So enjoyable! I began at 6pm and met my family for dinner in ammoudi bay at 830pm (drenched in sweat). Beautiful views of the caldera from high on a ridgeline. The path itself is mostly cobblestone, with some dirt path, ending in the white marble sidewalks of Oia. I recommend doing this as a sunset hike, if you can stand the heat!

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Did the walk several times. With cameras and interaction with everything/everybody we saw it took 4+ hours. Delightful!! As a (mere) walk it was 1:50 from Fira to Oia. Worth doing it each morning on a trip filled with good food and drink.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Amazing views. Bring a bag for garbage.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

great view and landscape with bridges and a small waterfall. It is like you walk through the world of mythical creatures and fairies.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

If you choose to hike Richtis, hike 'up', DON'T hike down. By this, I mean start at the beach, not at the trail head. You can do this by putting "Richtis Beach" into your car's GPS. Then you can start at the end where the trail is actually maintained. While not entirely impassable, the higher portion of the trail is nearly entirely grown over and you need to be willing to rock hop down the stream itself until you reach more passable portions, which still are not all that passable. There will be scrambling over steep, wet, smooth rocks - with deep pools of water below you if you're lucky. There are also a couple of water traps that you need to be mindful to not fall into - deep water, at the bottom of a deeper, smooth-wall hole, no way to get put without rope and an able body partner to rescue you. These are the higher portions of the trail. The lower portions - hiking up from the beach, before you reach the largest water fall - is well maintained, and the trail is pretty well marked and safe. If you choose to venture passed the steep, tall, old, wooden stairs that lead to the top of the waterfall, know that the trail only gets more hazardous the further up you go. There are a couple old, abandoned stone houses along the trail, but you have to really want to see them. If you really want to see the stone bridge, hike down from the trial head - it's easy and on paved road until the bridge - then turn around and go to the beach.

DON'T SWIM IN THE RIVER. If you go to the top, you'll see a ton of run off from the farms there (citrus, root vegetables). Best case is manure, worst case is chemical fertilizer. You probably don't want to swim in it either way. Trash up stream too.

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