Ε4.85 Dafni – Papagiannades

Additional Info

  • path length 10 km
  • duration 2 hours & 40 minutes
  • suggested period All year round
  • difficulty level An easy route with no difficulties
  • markers' type E4
  • Region Sitia (Lasithi)

E4 Trail Map

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Trail Vertical Alignment

Trail Detailed Description

We walk along the narrow alleys of Dafni (1) and descend to the eastern exit of the village; once there, we take a left-hand, downhill dirt road, which passes through olive groves on the slope and meanders until a crossroads (2), near a water course with plane trees.

At the crossroads, we take the left branch which leads us down to the water course; we cross onto its northern bank, where we reach another dirt road (3), which we follow to the right.

We continue parallel to the bank, yet at a distance, until we reach an old, abandoned farmhouse (4); there, we cross the water course again.

After approximately 500 m, we leave the main dirt road, turn left onto a cart track, cross the water course one more time and climb up to the little rocky saddle which can be seen ahead of us (5)

On our right we see a characteristic rocky elevation, south of which there is a huge cave-like hollow and a small chapel of Saint John the Theologian - Agios Ioannis Theologos- where a small yet spectacular gorge begins.

Having passed the saddle, we descend in a south-easterly direction, initially walking through a scrub and then a flat rocky area; at the end of the latter we come upon a dirt road (6), cross it and continue straight on, to the small stream (7) ahead.

At a spot with a few characteristic cypress trees, we cross the stream and continue to the left of the cypresses. A little further up, we cross the stream again and reach its northern bank; there, we come to a dirt road which runs along the mountain line. We ignore the many turn-offs we encounter and continue up eastwards, to the village of Vori (8).

We pass through the little village and then go up the steep unsurfaced road north-eastwards, until we reach the main road, which we follow to the left. After a few metres, we arrive at the village of Papagiannades (9)

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