E4 European Path at Crete

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This is a major European route under the supervision of the European Union’s Mountain Walking (EWV): the Greek section was designed and marked out by the Greek Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing. The route begins in the Pyrenees, crosses first the centre of the Alpine massif and then Yugoslavia, arriving at Florina – where the Greek portion begins. This traverses all of Greece down to Gytheon, and takes up again at Kastelli Kissamou on Crete.

At this point the Cretan segment of the E4 starts: it runs south to Elafonisi, then west-east all along Crete (twice it splits into two sections before rejoining) to Kato Zakro, where it turns north again to end in the area of Siteia. At Sougia, the path throws off side branches north and south: the northern is definitely Alpine in character, and walkers must have the necessary experience; the southern, along the south coastline, is very rough in places because of the cliffs. Each branch is some 320 km long, and 3 weeks are required for their passage. Walkers have the chance to experience an unknown aspect of Crete’s natural state – one passes old trackways, settlements, monasteries and of course the high mountain reaches of the island.

 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.

 

01

Kasteli Kissamou - Polyrrinia

An easy route on a paved road, with gentle slopes
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  • Route Length6.5 km
  • duration1 hour & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodSpring, autumn
02

Polyrrinia - Sfinari

An easy route with small slopes
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  • Route Length15.5 km
  • duration3 hours
  • suggested periodSpring, autumn
03

Sfinari - Kefali

A very easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length25 km
  • duration5 hours
  • suggested periodSpring, summer, autumn
04

Kefali - Chrisoskalitissa

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length11.5 km
  • duration2 hours
  • suggested periodSpring, summer, autumn
05

Chrisoskalitissa - Agios Ioannis

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length9 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 45 minutes
  • suggested periodSpring, summer, autumn
06

Agios Ioannis - Palaiochora

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length13 km
  • duration2 hours & 45 minutes
  • suggested periodSpring, summer, autumn
07

Palaiochora - Lissos

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length11.5 km
  • duration3 hours
  • suggested periodSpring, summer, autumn
08

Lissos - Sougia

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length2.5 km
  • duration45 minutes
  • suggested periodSpring, summer, autumn
09

Sougia - Poikilassos

One of Crete's most tiring and difficult routes
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  • Route Length6 km
  • duration2 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom April to September
10

Poikilassos - Domata

One of Crete’s most tiring and difficult routes
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  • Route Length6 km
  • duration3 hours
  • suggested periodFrom April to September
11

Domata - Agia Roumeli

One of Crete’s most tiring and difficult routes
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  • Route Length8 km
  • duration3 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom April to September
12

Agia Roumeli - Agios Pavlos

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length3.5 km
  • duration1 hour
  • suggested periodAll year round; mainly from September to May
13

Agios Pavlos - Loutro

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length9.5 km
  • duration3 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round; mainly from September to May
14

Loutro - Chora Sfakion

Route with minor difficulties
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  • Route Length6 km
  • duration2 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
15

Chora Sfakion - Fragkokastelo

Route with minor difficulties
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  • Route Length14 km
  • duration3 hours & 45 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
16

Sougia - Koustogerako

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length10 km
  • duration2 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodSpring, summer, autumn
16A

Koustogerako - Omalos

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length12 km
  • duration4 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodSpring, summer, autumn
17

Sougia - Agia Irini

It includes a relatively tiring gorge trek
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  • Route Length13.5 km
  • duration4 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom May to September
17A

Agia Irini - Omalos

It includes a relatively tiring gorge trek
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  • Route Length5 km
  • duration2 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom May to September
18

Omalos - Agia Roumeli

A long, relatively easy, organised route
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  • Route Length18 km
  • duration6 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom May to October only
19

Omalos – Kallergis Mountain Shelter

No particular technical difficulties; tiring in the summer
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  • Route Length5 km
  • duration1 hour & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom late spring to early autumn
20

Kallergis Mountain Shelter – Katsivelli

No particular technical difficulties; tiring in the summer
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  • Route Length15 km
  • duration6 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom late spring to early autumn
21

Katsiveli – Niatos

One of Crete’s most difficult routes
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  • Route Length17 km
  • duration7 hours
  • suggested periodFrom May to September
22

Niatos – Askifou

A relatively easy descent
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  • Route LengthPath: 3 km, dirt road: 7 km
  • durationOn the old path: 1 hour(s) & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom May to September
23

Askifou - Impros - Komitades

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length10.5 km
  • duration3 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodSpring, summer, autumn
24

Askifou - Impros - Kallikratis

A relatively easy route on a paved road
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  • Route Length17.5 km
  • duration4 hours & 45 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
25

Kallikratis Plateau - Patsianos

Not particularly difficult, from the north to the south
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  • Route Length7 km
  • duration2 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom spring to autumn
26

Patsianos - Fragkokastelo - Kato Rodakino

None; walking on an asphalt road
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  • Route Length17 km
  • duration4 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
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
29-30

Kallikratis – Asi Gonia – Argiroupoli

An easy route on an asphalt road
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  • Route Length16 km
  • duration4 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
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
53

Akolita – Kamares

Relatively easy
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  • Route Length9 km
  • duration3 hours
  • suggested periodFrom spring to autumn
  • Route Length12.5 km
  • duration3 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
55-56

Nida – Rouvas

Relatively easy
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  • Route Length11.5 km
  • duration3 hours
  • suggested periodFrom March to October
57

Rouvas – Zaros

Relatively easy
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  • Route Length8 km
  • duration2 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom March to October
58-59

Rouvas – Mountain Shelter of Oak – Asites

Medium, especially during summer
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  • Route Length14.5 km
  • duration4 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom April to September
  • Route Length14.5 km
  • duration4 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length11 km
  • duration3 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
63-64

Archanes – Mirtia (Varvari) – Agarathos Monastery

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length18 km
  • duration6 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
65

Agarathos Monastery – Kastelli

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length10.5 km
  • duration3 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length7 km
  • duration2 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length8 km
  • duration3 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length5.7 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length3.5 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 25 minutes.
  • suggested periodAll year round
70

Agios georgios – Limnakaro

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length5.5 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 45 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
71

Limnakaro – Varsami

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length4.5 km
  • duration2 hours
  • suggested periodFrom Spring to Autumn
72

Varsami – Selakano

Not particularly difficult
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  • Route Length7.5 km
  • duration2 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodFrom Spring to Autumn
73

Agios Georgios – Havgas Gorge – Plateau of Katharo

It is strongly advised not to enter the gorge when heavy rainfall causes the river to flow in spate
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  • Route Length6.5 km
  • duration2 hours & 45 minutes
  • suggested periodRelatively easy
  • Route Length7.5 km
  • duration2 hours & 45 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length6 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 25 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length18 km
  • duration5 hours & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length7.5 km
  • duration2 hours & 10 minutes.
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length12 km
  • duration3 hours & 20 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length11 km
  • duration3 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length7.5 km
  • duration2 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
81

Thripti – Orino

Almost none
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  • Route Length7.5 km
  • duration2 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length11 km
  • duration3 hours & 10 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
83

Dafni – Pefki

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length7.5 km
  • duration2 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
84

Pefki – Makrygialos

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length5 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
85

Dafni – Papagiannades

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length10 km
  • duration2 hours & 40 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
86

Papagiannades – Handras – Ziros

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length5.5 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 30 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
  • Route Length6 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 40 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
88

Skalia - Zakros

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length4 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 15 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
89

Zakros – Kato Zakros

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length6 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 35 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round
90

Kato Zakros – Karoumes

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length5.5 km
  • duration2 hours
  • suggested periodAll year round
91

Karoumes – Hohlakies

An easy route with no difficulties
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  • Route Length3.5 km
  • duration1 hour(s) & 10 minutes
  • suggested periodAll year round

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