Hiking and cycling in the northwest surroundings of Apodoulou village

An interesting route – especially in the spring – for exploring the area northwest of Apodoulou, with the main reference points being the church of Agios Georgios Xifophoros (15th century) and the excavation of the nearby Minoan settlement.

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The route at a glance

Route suitable for: Hiking and cycling (using a mountain bike).

Hiking and cycling on: Dirt roads and asphalt.

Start – Finish: Circular route that starts and ends at Apodoulos Square.

Degree of difficulty:

– as a hiking route: easy (for the level of experienced hikers),

– as a cycling route: moderate route (for experienced cyclists), with some downhill sections that require special attention.

Special features: In the section of the route between 05 and 06 – just before the archaeological site – the poor condition of the downhill dirt road, which is full of stones and potholes, will force cyclists to get off their bikes.

Signage: Adequate for most of the route.

Drinking water point on the route: No source on the route. Get water from the village

Realization: Any time of the year.

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Spring – Summer – Autumn: Trekking shoes, short pants, walking stick, hat, sunglasses, water (1½ liter water bottle).

Winter: Trekking shoes, winter clothing, raincoat, walking stick, water (1½ liter water bottle).


Custom equipment (especially protective including helmet), with an emphasis on good quality and excellent maintenance of your MTB (brakes, discs, chain, tires).

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The route in numbers

Route length: 3.8 km


        – Hikers: 1h10′ – 1h20′,

– Cyclists: depending on your mountain biking skills and experience.

Minimum altitude: 306m

Highest altitude: 421m

Total altitude gain / loss: +127m / -141m,

Slope: Maximum +24,8 % / -23,4 %. Average: +8,6 % / -8,7 %

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