One of the rare forests of eastern Crete, the Kroustas Forest Park was first systematically settled and intensively used by man about four thousand years ago. In the older Minoan Palace period many agricultural installations (pens, enclosure walls) and house foundations were built with large blocks and are visible on the surface until today. Beginning in the nineteenth century the forest was used again for small scale agriculture and animal husbandry (sheep, goats). The park offers marked paths through the forest along which many of the Bronze Age ruins – unexcavated so far – can be visited.
Environment During all seasons rare and endemic plants can be found all over the park, and a great variety of birds and other animals live in this habitat. Due to its height between 800 and 1000 m above the sea the region’s climate is much cooler than on the coast. Together with the forest shade this has always provided a pleasant stay in this area that is also protected by the surrounding mountains from hot summer and cold winter winds. Still there are many spots with beautiful views over the Aegean and even Libyan seas that invite visitors to stay. Fragrance from aromatic herbs and trees contribute to create a unique experience.
Starting time: upon request
Location: Kroustas Village
Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Route type: Bidirectional
Activity duration with breaks: 4-5 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / No previous experience required
Starting from the traditional village of Kroustas we walk the ancient Minoan Path throgh the forest to the top of the mountain (korakia) and always have the breath taking view of Mirambello Bay.
*Upon Request: We can head back to the meeting point by mountain bikes.
Basic equipment if needed (hiking baton,helmet,climbing gear)
Trip planning – Sightseeing
Picnic with fruits and Traditional delicacies
Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary)