Ideon Andron Cave - Zominthos. Walk on the footsteps of common Minoan people in the highlands of Psiloritis Natural Park. The subalpine zone to the north of Psiloritis central ridge is the highest archaeological park of Crete, comprising some of the most notable excavated ancient sites of the island. The geological importance of the area is also outstanding and relevant to the nomination of Psiloritis as Geopark, member of Global Geoparks Network by UNESCO. The flora and fauna of the highest mountain of Crete stimulated some of the first scientific missions in modern times.
Initially we visit the Psiloritis Geopark Information Center in the village of Anogia. Then, we drive southwards to Zominthos and from there on we begin our hiking journey to the north face of Psiloritis central ridge. The guided tour emphasizes on aspects of natural and human made environment in the legendary mountain of the Minoan cult of Zeus. We will walk over parts of the E4 European Path and other traditional paths used by shepherds.
General Info - Statistics
Region: Region of Rethymnon, Central Crete Mountain Range: Psiloritis Range Geopark
Meeting Point: Anogia
Trail blazing: occasionally marked, easy to get confused without guidance
Path condition: generally good
Path length: 6,5 Km
Duration: 3 hours
Max. Altitude: 1.450 m.
Elevation gain: 300 m.
Difficulty level: easy