Ε4.11 Domata - Agia Roumeli

Additional Info

  • path length 8 km
  • duration 3 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested period From April to September
  • difficulty level One of Crete’s most tiring and difficult routes
  • markers' type E4
  • Region Sfakia (Chania)

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Trail Vertical Alignment

Trail Detailed Description

Having passed along the beach of Domata (1), on its east side we see a steep little path which we ascend to the foot of the rock. At the end of this difficult climb there is a well with not drinkable water.

From this point on, we climb between pine trees, following the edge of the cliff which opens up to our left, for a while.

As we move away from the precipice to go eastwards, the pine trees begin to thin and we encounter an even, scrub-covered area, at an altitude of 200 m. Behind us, in the distance, we can see the area of Sougia and of ancient Lissos

We continue uphill to an altitude of approximately 400 m, where once again we are in a pine-covered area. Far away to the north, the steep slopes of Volakias, one of the most impressive peaks of Lefka Ori, appear. At this point, the path descends to the bed of a stream (2).

After crossing the stream, a steep path winds between pine trees, until a point where we can see a large pine tree and a left branch of the path. We continue uphill to the right, until a ridge (3) (altitude: about 500 m), and then we begin to descend smoothly on the clear path, between pine trees. 

We arrive at a small stream, which we follow for a few metres and then we get out again onto its eastern bank, continuing to descend until the ridge from where we see the bay of Agia Roumeli and the beach of Agios Pavlos stretch out, in the distance.

From this point, we begin to descend a very steep slope. The route marking is quite good; this fact, combined with the constant visual contact that we have with the coastal settlement of Agia Roumeli, helps us orientate ourselves. As we descend, we see the bay and the beach stretch out, down below.

At the point where the pine trees begin to thin out and we pass by a steep cut in the rock on our right, the path heads east along the rocky slope, with small ups and downs. After passing below the edge of a rock with cave formations, we arrive at a small clump of pine trees, just above the coastal village of Agia Roumeli (4).

The settlement, which has developed in the recent years due to the large number of visitors passing through the gorge of Samarià, is built on the shore of the bay of Agia Roumeli, where ancient Tarra used to be, in Antiquity.

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