Mount Karfi


Mount Karfi is located at Lassithi plateau, about 70km west of Heraklion. Lassithi is known for the picturesque windmills. In the 1950s and 1960s the plateau was one of Europe’s first wind farms. There were about 10-13 thousand windmills that pumped the underground water, with which the local farmers were watering their crops. Moreover, the area is known as the birth place of Zeus, the King of the gods, according to the Greek mythology.


We start our hike from Tzermiado village, located at Lassithi plateau. An uphill cement road will lead us to the beautiful Nissimos plateau, where the trail to the summit of Karfi begins. At the summit we can find the ruins of an ancient Minoan settlement and have a panoramic view to the north coast, the mountains of Selena and Dikti and the Aposelemi dam. From the summit we will descend back to Tzermiado from a different path by following an old rocky-build mule path.


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  • The view from the mountain top of Karfi to the north side of the island and the Aposelemi dam.​​​​​
  • The view towards the Lasithi plateau
  • Visit the ruins of the old Minoan settlement at the summit


  • Distance: 7.5km
  • Hike Duration: 4 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
• Lunch pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)
•Trekking equipment (trekking poles, backpack) upon request
• Private expenses (coffees, alcoholic drinks etc.)
• Anything that it is not mentioned at the “Price includes” list
• Trekking shoes
• Windproof jacket
• Camera
• Sun Screen
• Hat – sun glasses

Designated Pickup area

Pickup from any hotel within the highlighted area


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