"Embark on a trekking adventure at mythical mt. olympus with the whole family!…"
During our West Crete walking holiday you’ll experience incredible landscapes, beaches, culture and delicate ecosystems, mainly plants, birds and butterflies. Together with our expert naturalist, you will explore the beautiful Cretan coast & mountains, three spectacular gorges, picturesque remote villages and incredible beaches.
The prefecture of Chania is the greenest part of the island as the range of the White Mountains ensures the highest rainfall in Crete. You’ll stay at the picturesque old town of Chania with the option to continue to the coastal villages of Palaiochora and Loutro, at the Sfakia region where you’ll enjoy incredible views to the Libyan sea. All walks end at Crete’s spectacular beaches.
By joining our West Crete Family multi-activity holiday, you’ll get introduced by a local to a side of Crete that few people know about.
Here is an example of what you will experience during our West Crete Family multi-activity holiday…
The Old Town of Chania was built by the Venetians in a bid to recreate a “Venice of the east”! Thousands of years of history and diverse civilizations, from the Minoans, Myceneans and Dorians to Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians and Ottomans, have blended together forming this beautiful town which today feels like a lively, open-air museum.
You’ll walk along the waterfront and the famous picturesque Venetian harbour, through the alleys of the three major neighbourhoods where once Christians, Muslims and Jews used to coexist. You’ll explore the ancient ruins, the Byzantine wall, the Venetian fortifications, Ottoman mosques and dwellings… myths and legends about invasions, occupations, resistances and independence will come alive and fascinate your family! The day will end with dinner at our favourite local tavern where you’ll be introduced to the famous Cretan cuisine!
You’ll walk along the seasonal stream giving life to beautiful old plane trees and goats, small Cretan lizards and the aromas of the local herbs will accompany you. Our naturalist guide will make the walk more enjoyable by spotting wild flowers and herbs and of course other birds which inhabit the gorge, such as quails, woodcock, hoopoes, thrushes and swallows, owls, hawks and ravens!
The excursion will end with swimming and snorkeling at the pebble beach of Afrata in Rodopou Peninsula and a delicious lunch at the local tavern, known for their homemade recipes with fresh local products. Free evening.
“We so enjoyed our holiday in Mt Olympus & Meteora. Daphne was a great guide. Very relaxed and easy to chat to and, obviously, a real expert mountain tour guide. It was fabulous doing the tour as a family as we could chat with Daphne who was very flexible in all our arrangements and timings.
Everywhere we stayed was perfect. We loved the townhouse in Litochoro and, whilst we might have liked to go back there, it was lovely staying on return from the trek in the beach hostel as we really just wanted to chill out and it was perfect for doing that. All the refuges were great as well and it was lovely watching the sunset and the sunrise on the mountains. Our children also had a wonderful time and loved chatting to Daphne. We will certainly be recommending yourselves to our friends.”
Deb, Chris, Ben & Martha, UK
“A downpour during a short hike in the Ithaca hills could have been a downer as we were completely soaked. But the combination of our guide, Daphnie’s planning and unfailing good cheer, along with our mountain village Taverna’s hostess’ hospitality, warming welcome (including glasses of psipouro and dry clothes!!) and wonderful and continuously replenished, traditional Greek dishes, turned this into one of our most memorable evenings ever.”