Eleftherna Margarites Trekking


The city of Eleftherna was built between 970 – 820 BC by the Dorians (northern Greeks) that came to the island at that period. The city was one of the strongest and richest cities of Crete. It had a port that was located at Fodele bay. Through that port, the city could trade and communicate with the rest of the cities on Crete, continental Greece, Cyprus, and even cities in Africa.


Starting from the small village Eleftherna, we shall hike through the ruins of the ancient city, where will have the opportunity to admire the Byzantine tower at the city’s entrance, the Roman reservoirs, and tunnels, the acropolis, and the Hellenistic bridge. After hiking through the beautiful countryside we end up at the pottery village of Margarites, where we have the choice to visit the ceramic workshops and be introduced to the traditional art of pottery which is flourished there from the Minoan period until nowadays.


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• Ancient city of Eleftherna

• The Byzantine tower

• Roman tunels

• Ceramic workshops


  • Distance: 7.5 km
  • Hike Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Family friendly: Yes

*The duration of the excursion depends on weather conditions, participants skills and group size

PricePrice includesPrice excludesWhat to bring
Minimum number of participants, 3 persons
• Certified hiking guide, English speaking
• Free transport from/to your hotel with our vans. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
• Free Wi-Fi
• Snack pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)
•Trekking equipment (trekking poles, backpack) uppon request
• Private expenses (coffees, alcoholic drinks etc.)
• Tickets to museums and archaeological sites
• Specialized guides for museums and archaeological sites
• Anything that it is not mentioned at the “Price includes” list
• Trekking shoes
• Windproof jacket
• Camera
• Sunscreen
• Hat – sun glasses

Designated Pickup area

Pickup from any hotel within the highlighted area


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