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Psiloreitis is the highest mountain of Crete. From it's peak, Timios Stavros, you can see many places of the island. The mountain has forest in low altitude only. There were more trees about a century ago.

On the plateau named Nida, there is a cave named 'Idion Andron'. In this cave, Goddess 'Rea' hid baby 'Zeus', her son, because God 'Saturn' wanted to kill it. God 'Saturn' was afraid of 'Zeus', taking his kingship.

The International path E4 crosses the mountain. The best path to reach the peak is from plateau Nida (1400m). First you must travel from Herakleion to Nida. In the middle of your journey you pass by the traditional village Anogia. If you reach Nida you have to follow the path to Timios Stavros. It will take you 5 hours to get there.

Elevation (feet): 8,058
Elevation (meters): 2,456
Continent: Europe
Country: Greece
Range/Region: Greek-Albanian Ranges
Latitude: 35.2167
Longitude: 24.75
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Herakleion
Convenient Center: Herakleion

Thanks to Nikolas Kroupis for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 5 trip reports for Psiloreitis.

  • Log #12580 - by Dave Black on Aug 25, 20043.00 stars
    Fun ski ascent (old Silvretta's) from Nidha Plain. Bonzai descent over a lot of sastrugi & good crust. Beautiful views from the summit.
  • Log #12581 - by Tim Perkin on Aug 21, 20033.00 stars
    Climbed with my son (aged 13), starting from the Nida plain at first light (6am). The whole trip took about 10 hours, including a half hour unplanned diversion where we got a bit lost at the 2 hour...
  • Log #12582 - by Peter Chisholm on Aug 20, 20033.00 stars
    Started walking from the Nidha Plain at 05:30am just before Sunrise. Nice and cool it was. Took my time on the way up the easy to follow marked path, with plenty of stops for Photographs. Easy...
  • Log #12584 - by Andreas Fink on Apr 13, 20013.00 stars
    Very nice skiing-summit!!!, wonderful view!
  • Log #12585 - by Nikolas Kroupis on Dec 08, 19993.00 stars
    I went to peak Timios Stavros (Mt. Psiloreitis) at 1st August 1999. I was alone and I went to Nida the last day's afternoon. The villagers are visiting the peak during the sunner at night, when it's...