There are plenty of well-known routes that you can find in guidebooks so it is quite easy to find some enjoyable walks or hikes in Crete.
Although I am quite happy walking on my own or with a friend, I do like going on a guided walk as well. Some days ago I could join as a participant in a walking program and I must say that I enjoyed it very much.
So I definitely recommend you to book some guided walks in Crete for the following reasons:
When you walk with a guide, you will discover the unknown Crete and some off-the-beaten tracks that you never would have found on your own.
A guide can answer all sorts of questions about Crete and makes sure you will see the most interesting trails of Crete.
You will see much more than you would on your own as a guide has certainly an excellent knowledge of the area.
You do not need to wonder if the trail you are walking is the right one. You will not get lost and waste time by finding the right trail
Should an accident happen, it is safer to be in a group.
Last but not least: it is so much more fun to walk in a small group, there are different people to talk to and you can share experiences
Just 20 minutes drive from the village of Kolymbari is Deliana. Here you will find the well-preserved frescoes in the beautiful Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis. A “must see” before you start your walk through the gorge.
An unpaved road will take you in about 10 minutes to enter the gorge. The gorge of Deliana is one of the most easiest gorges to walk. It is more a wide track that gradually ascends. You might be lucky and spot some vultures. On the day that I passed the gorge, I counted twelve!
If you want to make a circular walk, you continue the path that goes up at the end of the gorge. At some places it is even marked, although not very clear. What I loved about the circular walk is the small detour that you can make on your way back. There is a sign to a Byzantine castle. It is more a hike than a walk when you walk along this trail, but it is definitely worth it since from this point you will have the most amazing views over the island of Crete. On a clear day you can even see Roka and the Polyrrinia. Imagine living in Byzantine times…. they must have been able to communicate with each other from these castles! Take the same trail back from were you came from and continue the road. It is partly paved, mainly downhill and a small steep part uphill before the road takes you back to the village of Deliana.