Hike on top of Zeus' head!


Heraklion Area

Panorama view on Mount Giouchtas


History meets activity! Only 15 km south of Heraklion and a bus drive of 20 minutes you will find the vivid and traditional village of Archanes. Besides visiting a local “taverna” (Greek style restaurant) and listening to traditional live music events in Archanes, you have the chance to hike along Zeus head. Right, Zeus head! In Ancient Greece society believed that Zeus was buried right at this spot. Having a look at Giouchtas from Heraklion, you will spot a face-like shaped mountain referring to Zeus head! The mountain’s total peak is at 800 meters height. Before turning back, you have the chance to stand on Giouchtas platform where you will find “Oros Giouchtas”, a tiny church on top of the mountain. Walk along an easy hike route while exploring the nature site and enjoying a breathtaking view!


SIDE INFO: Rebetiko, Raki & Meze

For traditional live music (e.g. Rebetika) events and good food visit “Ploumi”, a cooperative Cafe with shopping opportunity. Ploumi offers local and handmade products such as bottled greens and fruits in syrup!

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