Crete hiking tour through the cypress forest of Kritsa (east)

Enjoy a hike through the dense cypress forest of Kritsa in eastern Crete. The easy hike with a guide takes about 4.5 hours including breaks and leads from Kritsa village to the Katharo plateau (1150). The total distance is about 10 kilometres. A picnic is included. 

  • Tour / activity duration: ~ 4.5 hours
  • Languages: English, Greek
  • Transfer: no, not included
100 out of 100 based on 1 Review
  • The best insider tips
  • English-speaking service
  • Hassle-free booking change or cancellation
  • Usually cheaper than at site

Hiking in the cypress forest of Crete - guided tour in the island east

Between Kritsa and the Katharo Plateau extends one of the last cypress forests of Crete. Until the Middle Ages large parts of the island were covered. On this guided hike in the east of the island you will discover a cultural asset.

Price overview

  • Hiking tour Cypress forest Kritsa (approx. 4-5 h) - per person 50.-€
Cypress forest Crete

Booking option: From Kritsa: Hiking tour in the cypress forest of Crete

The hiking trail, about 10 kilometres long, leads from Kritsa village through the last continuous cypress forest of Crete. You and your guide will be on your way for about 4.5 hours and will make numerous stops to enjoy the landscape. Through the forest of Krista you hike up to the mountain Katharo. During the hike you will have a beautiful view of the village of Krista and the bay of Agios Nikolaos. From the north side you hike further into the forest and meet legendary nature, abandoned houses and old sheep farms. The profound local connoisseur will tell you more about history along the way.


  • Minimum number of participants: 4 persons
  • Duration: ~ 4.5 hours
  • Days: daily
  • Months: possible all-year
  • Languages: English, Greek
  • Starting point: Kritsa village


  • Professional guide, insurance, picnic
Important information

Please bring along:

Sunglasses, sun blocker, at least 1.5 l drinking water, sports- / hiking shoes, suitable clothing, hat, backpack, camera

Detailed description

Crete hiking tour through the cypress forest from Kritsa to Katharo Mountain

If you would like to spend your holidays in Agios Nikolaos in the east of Crete and go on a hiking tour in the surrounding area, which will not only give you an insight into the landscape, but will also tell you a lot about the history and development of the island, then walk with a guide through the cypress forest of Kritsa. Until the Middle Ages cypresses covered large parts of the island and formed a typical natural landscape. Cypress wood was an important commercial product. Today there is not much left of the once dense forests - but between Kritsa and the Katharo Plateau one of the last cypress deposits has been preserved. The very knowledge of this cultural heritage makes this Crete hiking tour a wonderful holiday experience with added value.

The approximately 4.5-hour hike in eastern Crete starts with your guide in Kritsa village. The cypress forest lies about 10 kilometres west of the village, directly on the historic path to the Katharo Plateau and rises above a gorge. At the starting point of the circular route you will find an information kiosk where nature lovers can familiarise themselves with maps and get tips for other sights in this region. Caves, archaeological sites and springs can be found to the left and right of the trail. Along the way you will also discover some of the old farms where sheep were once bred and shepherds lived. In some parts you can still see goats.

The Cretan cypress can grow up to 30 metres high at these altitudes. It is a frugal tree that can thrive on a variety of soils. The Crete hiking tour through the cypress forest measures a distance of about 10 kilometres, which we complete in small groups with sufficient stops and a picnic of fruits and small delicacies. We hike through the forest from Krista to Mount Katharo and will always have a beautiful view of Kritsa and the bay of Agios Nikolaos. The route is also rich in herbs and seeds, which we can collect to use after the walk to prepare a salad.

The Crete walking tour through the cypress forest of Kritsa is an easy hike that can be done without previous knowledge and with normal physical fitness. Families with children can also breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy this natural experience.


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

Customer Reviews Hiking in the cypress forest of Crete - guided tour in the island east

Otto wrote on Jun 6, 2019
Overall rating
100 von 100

Very pleasant hike

It was an easy and pleasant hike that was not too strenuous in the weather. You could explore the landscape while wonderful.

Sehr angenehme Wanderung

Es war eine leichte und angenehme Wanderung, die nicht zu anstrengend bei dem Wetter war. Man konnte die Landschaft dabei wunderbar erkunden.

Our customers' questions

How do I receive my tickets?

Where is the meeting point / will I be picked up directly at my hotel when a transfer is possible?

Can I pay in cash directly when the tour / activity starts?

Can I book on short notice?

What happens if the weather is too bad to do the tour / activity?

How does a gift voucher work?

Are discounts possible?

Any questions?