A walk to the top of Manna mountain
Manna, or Profitis Ilias, is the highest mountain on the West coast of Crete, at 890m a.s.l.
A circular route up a steep slope and down on a gentler incline, most of the way on wide, stony tracks
Destination: Manna mountain
Date: 9th May
Meeting point: Venizelos square, Kissamos
Distance: about 14km
Estimated time: about 4-5h walking
Route: from Zachariana up track circling mountain around the West, back down on North-East track through Kaniavas
Break: Manna mountain peak
Estimated difficulty level: 4/5
Map route: https://goo.gl/maps/9BLJt17rL312 (does not include last part to peak on narrow footpath)
Manna mountain walk programme:
Meet in Kastelli square at 8:45
Drive 15 minutes to starting point near Zachariana
Walk 2-3 hours to mountain top
Snack break at church on mountain top
Enjoy awesome 360° views, especially to Gramvousa peninsula
Walk down 2 hours back to cars
Warning : this walk is very weather dependent. Forecast for Thursday is perfect at the moment.
This walk is longish and steep at times, but the terrain is generally not difficult. It’s 90% on a wide track good enough for 4x4, all very stony. The last 10% is on a narrow, marked and relatively easy footpath. The reward is of course the view from the top. Actually the whole route enjoys great views.
As always, bring food, water, walking shoes, hat.
And please reply if you want to come.