Here too the E4 consists of two sections – a northern and a southern. The first crosses the border from Chania at the village of Argyroupolis, the south in the area of Rodakinos, The two parts meet up at the Nida plateau on Psiloriti – thence the path goes on to the Heraklion Prefecture.
Both branches again cross areas of significant archaeological, historical and cultural worth.
Both give opportunities for trekking in the mountains around Kruoneritis, Kedros and Psiloritis – Kedros and the southwest parts of the Psiloriti massif are included in the network of Natura 2000, as is also the Kourtaliotiko Gorge that runs close to the E4 path.
The north branch is recommended to those more interested in Venetian monuments and modern cultural experiences; the southern is appropriate for someone in good physical shape and intrigued more by matters Byzantine.
Do not forget to read the Helpful Suggestions for the E4 route in Crete. For the best sightseeing though, use the menu ‘The E4 Routes’ at the left, arranged by Prefecture, or search the Smart Search faculty.
Below are details on the E4 Walking trail in Crete. Each has a description, photographs and a detailed map.