Ε4.62 Profitis Iilias – Ano Archanes

Additional Info

  • path length 11 km
  • duration 3 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested period All year round
  • difficulty level Easy
  • markers' type E4
  • Region Heraklio, Archanes-Asterousia (Heraklio)

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Trail Vertical Alignment

Trail Detailed Description

From the eastern exit of the village of Profitis Ilias (1), we follow the asphalt road for 1.700 m. We then turn left (northwards) to a downhill dirt road (2), continuing straight on, northwards, for 300 m. Next, we turn right (eastwards) (3), ignoring any branch roads and after 600 m we turn left (northwards) (4). After 200 m, we take a right turn-off and immediately after it a left one, continuing for 100 m. We then leave the unsurfaced road and walk along an olive grove, towards a stream bed which can be seen down below (5).

We cross the stream and follow the dirt road, which zig-zags on the slope for 900 m through vineyards, until we reach the foot of the south-western slope of the peak of Yiouktas. There, the unsurfaced road meets an asphalt road, which we follow to the right (6)

The road bypasses Yiouktas on its southern side and meanders through the cultivated land on its south-eastern slope.

After 2 km, we arrive at the junction with the main road between Archanes and Choudetsi, exactly where the road that goes up to the summit of Yiouktas also begins (7).

If we follow the road which meanders up the eastern slope of the mountain, after 2,7 km we shall reach the summit, at 770 m, where there is the chapel of Afendis Christos.

From here, we can also visit the Minoan villa of Vathipetro, which is 1,5 km towards the south.

The asphalt road on our left, leads to Ano Archanes, 2 km distant.

We take the road to Yiouktas for 300 m; then, we see a widening of the road, where a rough footpath (8) begins. After approximately 300 m, we come to a dirt road, which we follow in a northerly direction, ignoring any turn-offs.

After 700 m, we cross the main dirt road and continue northwards for another 600 m. We then walk along the main road (9) and reach the first houses of the town of Ano Archanes (10).

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