Asterousia mountain explor Trekking Via Ferrata


Tags: The only Via Ferrata on Crete, is located at the Asterousia mountain range at Kapetaniana. It is moderately difficult, well protected and with a great view to the Libyan Sea all the way! It is accessible for children aged 8 and up, making it an exciting option for a family active holiday.

  • Language
Experienced, English speaking
  • Language
Experienced, English speaking
  • Transfer
Free transport from/to your ho
  • Price includes
Free Wi-Fi
  • Price includes
  • Price includes
Lunch pack (water,energy bar,
  • Eguipment
Via Ferrata equipment(harness,

What is a Via Ferrata?


A Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron path”) is a protected climbing route, built with a steel cable rail fixed to the rock, metal steps, ladders, suspension bridges and zip wires. The word defines both the route and the outdoor activity, which consists on progressing through the Via Ferrata by using a harness clipped onto the wire. 

Between scrambling and rock climbing, Via Ferratas allow non-expert climbers to experience an adventurous and thrilling activity in a safe way, using minimum equipment. Via Ferrata are a great way of exploring the mountains. This activity does not require previous mountain experience, but you will need to have a good physical condition and no fear of heights. 

 We start our tour and head toward Asterousia Mountains. The Asterousia Mountains are a range in southern Crete separating the Messara Plain from the Libyan Sea where evidence of ancient Cretan cultures have been found in excavations performed within sites contained the range. Because of its’ history, its’ natural beauty and the heritage of the range, it is nominated for becoming a UNESCO recognized heritage site.

 Our drive continues until re reach the beginning of the Eligia gorge located in the area of Kapetaniana. There a safety briefing will follow where you will be acquainted with your equipment and with all the safety procedures that are necessary for crossing the gorge and the Via Ferrata safely. Once the safety briefing is over, we will enter the gorge. After a short hike where you will observe the geological diversity of the gorge, we find ourselves at the beginning of the Via Ferrata. Through out the entirety of the hike and climb through the gorge and Via Ferrata you will have the opportunity to admire the wild Cretan beauty of the gorge as the imposing peak of Kofinas which is the highest point of Asterousia, decorates the route up until the end.

 Once we reach the middle point of the via ferrata though where the Mytiki peak resides, you will be able to experience the Cretan scenery in all its beauty by watching the gorge on one hand and the Lybian sea on the other hand, making it a perfect location for a short stop for pictures. Moving on from Mytiki we follow a circular climbing root which leads us at the end of the Via Ferrata. Afterwards a short hike follows which leads us back to the cars.

 Afterward, we can visit Kapetaniana, which is a small village in the area. The village has approximately 80 inhabitants and is built on the slopes of Asterousia Mountains at an altitude of 750m, offering stunning views of the Libyan Sea and the Messara Plain. 

•    Suitable for individuals and small groups (up to 6 persons). 
•    Suitable for children aged 8 and up
•    All the gear needed is provided and we guarantee that everything is in perfect condition.
•    Participants should be able to hike for 3-4h (moderate hiking) and have no fear of heights. 
•    No previous experience required
•    No climbing or abseiling experience necessary

Price 126€/person

Minimum number of participants,3 persons.

Maximum number of participants,6 persons

Price includes

.• Experienced, English speaking driver
• Experienced, English speaking Via Ferrata guide
• Free transport from/to your hotel. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
• Free Wi-Fi 
• Fuels
• Lunch pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)
• Via Ferrata equipment(harness, lanyards, helmet, gloves)
• Trekking equipment upon request (trekking poles, backpack)

• Private expenses (coffees, alcoholic drinks etc.)
• Anything that it is not mentioned at the "Price includes" list

What to bring

• Trekking shoes or regular sport shoes
• Sun Screen
• Hat – sun glasses

The view of the Lybian sea and mount Kofinas


Duration: 3 hours
Total tour duration 5 hours.
Family friendly: Yes (for families with children above 10yo)



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