Α short description of the activity is included but the real magic is hidden in things that cannot be expressed in words.
The activity starts with the description of the route while enjoying a traditional breakfast in our yard under the shade of a locust tree sensing the fragrance of a basil tree and jasmine.
The route starts with mountain biking along alternating rough earthy and asphalt roads coming across fragrant herbs and age-old olive trees and old springs. Before long we arrive at the archeological museum where we shape a complete picture of the works constructed by our ancestors with wisdom and great mastery.
Leaving the museum behind we start the descent in the gorge begins with the nature dominating everywhere and with our destination being the Bridge of Ancient Eleftherna.
The bridge dates back to the 2nd century B.C. It is very well preserved and stands in an exquisite area rich in lush while its characteristic triangular opening adds a very special character to the bridge. Afterwards we have a short break for rest and some snacks from local products.
Now , we can go on to walk along the green cultural international path E4 and we can touch and smell the varied flora in the area.
Throughout our hiking myths and history follow us surrounded by the wild beauty of the scenery. The sage encounters the thyme and oregano and next to them well- hidden, familiar to the locals, are “ Cisterns”- “ Sterns” are huge carved tanks suitable for the storage of the most valuable commodity.
Ending our walking we soon come to the Tower of Ancient Eleftherna. This tower was supposed to protect the only entrance to the ancient town.
A while before the ending of our route a walkabout in the square of the village is included where local recipes of selected snacks are waiting for you accompanied by wine and a traditional local drink called “raki”.
During our return to the town of Rethymno we can have a short stopover to visit the historical Arkadi Monastery.
What the activity includes :
- Minimum altitude 251 metres.
- Maximum altitude 407 metres.
- Outdoor cycling 7,5 km.
- Degree of difficulty 3/10
- Hiking 5.5kms Degree of difficulty 4/10
- Duration of the activity 6 hours and 30 minutes
- Beginning of the activity at 8:30 pm.
- End of the activity at 3:00
- Operation days: Wednesday – Sunday