Hiking Mt. Ida – Psiloritis

Reaching Timios Starvos summit at 2456m altitude.

Ida mountain range, known as Psiloritis, includes the highest peak of Crete, Timios Stavros (2456m). Psiloritis is a UNESCO Global Geopark, and it covers the central part of the island.

Ancient Greeks considered the mountain sacred and for this reason many myths were inspired by it. Τhe main one relates to the birth of Zeus, in the “Ideοn Andron”, a cave located on the east side of the mountain.

There are many trails to the summit of Timios Stavros. My proposal would be the north side trail, starting from the Mygeros plateau at 1670m. A rocky, uphill trail, almost 3km long, leads to the top, where the small church of “Timios Stavros” (Holy Cross in Greek) stands. It takes almost 3 hours to reach the summit, which offers a panoramic view of the island! The descent is faster (2 hours), following the same route to the plateau.


  • 1 person – 200 euros
  • 2 persons – 110 euros/person
  • 3 persons – 85 euros/person
  • 4 persons – 75 euros/person
  • 5 persons – 65 euros/person
  • 6 persons – 55 euros/person
  • More than 6 persons/families – Please contact