E4 European Path at Rethymno

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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 menuThe 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.

 

27

Rodakino – Alones

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length10 km
  • duration5 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom March to October
28

Alones – Agios Konstantinos

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length10.5 km
  • duration3 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom March to October
31

Argiroupoli – Moundros

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length12 km
  • duration4 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
32

Moundros – Agouseliana

Not particularly difficult, from the north to the south
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  • Route Length11 km
  • duration3 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
33-34

Agouseliana – Koxare – Spili

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length14.3 km
  • duration4 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
35-36

Spili – Kissos – Kedros – Gerakari

It includes a relatively difficult climb to the top of Mount Kédros
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  • Route Length18.5 km
  • duration7 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom spring to October
  • Route Length15 km
  • duration4 hours & 4 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
39

Fourfouras – Aplytra or Toumbotos Prinos

The section Fourfouràs – mountain shelter is fairly difficult
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  • Route Length7.5 km
  • duration3 hours & 45 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
40

Mountain Shelter of Toumpotos Prinos - Psiloritis Top

Hiking at high altitudes, in a bare landscape without any shade
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  • Route Length4 km
  • duration3 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom April to October
41

Timios Stavros (Psiloritis Summit) – Akolita – Nida

Hiking at high altitudes, in a bare landscape without any shade
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  • Route Length10.5 km
  • duration3 hours & 20 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom April to October
42

Agios Konstantinos – Ano Varsamonero

None; Kalonίktis ravine is only relatively difficult in the winter
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  • Route Length8.5 km
  • duration3 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
43

Ano Varsamonero – Armeni

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length6.5 km
  • duration2 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
44

Armeni – Prasies

Quite difficult in winter
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  • Route Length13.5 km
  • duration5 hours
  • suggested periodSpring
45

Prasies – Arkadi

Quite difficult in winter
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  • Route Length15.5 km
  • duration5 hours & 45 minutes
  • suggested periodSpring
46-47

Arkadi – Eleftherna – Margarites

The gradients are not steep, yet the route is quite tiring
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  • Route Length12 km
  • duration4 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
48

Margarites – Houmeri

The gradients are not steep, yet the route is tiring
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  • Route Length12.5 km
  • duration4 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
49

Houmeri – Garazo

The gradients are not steep, yet the route is tiring
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  • Route Length8 km
  • duration3 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
50

Garazo – Zoniana – Anogia

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length18 km
  • duration5 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom spring to autumn
51

Anogia – Zominthos

Relatively easy
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  • Route Length11 km
  • duration4 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom spring to autumn
52

Zominthos – Nida

Relatively easy
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  • Route Length11 km
  • duration3 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom spring to autumn

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