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High Mountains ∙ Kritsa & Kroustas Forest

Distance from hotel: approx. 10km | 20 min

The excursion to the High Mountains is an unmissable attraction where you will have the chance to see the local biodiversity and appreciate the local nature as the kernel of the forest is covered by cypress trees, and its surrounding vegetation consists of cypress, oak, maple, holly, wild olive and holm oak trees.

The cypress wood of Kritsa is formed across a deep ravine, at the southern foot of Mount Tsiva. The forest is in the middle of the ancient path that led Minoans to the plateau of Katharo, with many
Minoan pottery remains found here.

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.

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