About Crete's White MountainsLefka Ori, meaning "white mountains," are a mountain range with 50 peaks who's height is over 2,000 meters. The tallest peak in this mountain range reaches 2,453 meters.
The mountain tops are snow covered during the winter, while during the spring and summer month many visitors come here for a popular 4 day trek, that ends with a walk through the Samarian Gorge on the way to the ocean. While climbing the "white mountains," as they are called in Greek, you will encounter villages of shepherds, mountain views and wooded landscapes,
The mountain range is the tallest in Crete, and is located in the Easter region of Chania, between the Samarian and Imbros Channels. The Lefka Ori is nicknames "Crete's terrace." At their highest the peaks reach over 2,400 meters. This is a hot area, wild and devoid of humans, that in winter is covered in a layer of snow, adding to the silence of the region.
The mountain's history is important. Here rebels fled to and hid during a rebellion against the Ottoman Empire, hiding in caves and gullies in the mountains, which the Turkish soldiers pillages and raided the villages bellow. That was not the first time these caves were used as a hiding place for the people of Crete, who have been occupied by many nations in its history. In the past locals hid here from the Venetians, who ruled the island in the 16th century. During the 20th century locals hid here again from the Nazi occupiers who controlled the island during World War II.
TipsIn the town and village you can arrange jeep trips around the mountains and hikes as well.
Hiking lovers can join hikes that are about a week long, a hike that leaves Chania in the North and crosses the white mountains until the Southern city of Sfakia.