Lefka Ori Ski Touring – Lefka Ori (Greek: Λευκά Όρη, meaning “White Mountains”) or Madares (Μαδάρες from the Cretan Greek μαδαρός meaning “without coverage, bald, bare of any vegetation for high mountain areas”) is a mountain range located in Western Crete, in the Chania prefecture. The White Mountains or Lefka Ori occupy a large part of the centre of West Crete and are the main feature of the region. They consist mainly of limestone, from light grey to bluish or black color. The “White Mountains” have got their name from the perpetual white or off white color of their peaks as the off white of limestone during the summer and fall interchanges with the snow that covers the peaks until late in spring.Continue reading Lefka Ori, Crete
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Psiloritis (known as Mount Ida in ancient times), holds a special place in the ancient mythology. The mountain was believe to be the cradle of Zeus. Zeus, along with his five siblings, were in great danger from their father, Kronos, after their birth. Kronos had been given a prophecy that one day his children would overthrow him and assume his throne.Continue reading Psiloritis, Crete
Dirfys in Evia, the holy mountain of the goddess Hera, is located on the island of Evia, and is just 60km from the Athens. A quick hour and a half drive makes Dirfys a perfect day trip. But don’t be fooled, this mountain is serious. It’s a well known fact among Greek mountaineers that Dirfys is one of the most dangerous mountains in the country. Like the goddess herself, Dirfys is known for its striking beauty, but also for its vindictive temper to those who disrespect it.Continue reading Dirfys, Evia