Ride through the wild nature in Crete in a Polaris or in a Can Am Commander and admire the beautiful scenery of the Cretan mountains.
Drive 100 Km combining thrilling off-road tracks with some asphalt section as well.
Enjoy a wonderful meal in a typical Greek Tavern
What you can expect.
Our off-road activity in Crete starts from our premises in Hersonissos.
After the safety briefing, we start our Buggy Safari heading towards the traditional village of Old Hersonissos. As we pass through the square and continue towards the mountains, our route will go around the new reservoir built between the picturesque villages of Potamies and Avdou.
Just before Potamies, about ten minutes into our offroad activity in Crete, we’ll leave the tarmac and take the side roads. We’ll cross a dried-out riverbed, pass through olive groves under the main road and continue up the mountainside where we’ll have great photo opportunities of the dam.
We then continue on to Avdou. The route snakes through the narrow village streets of Gonies and climbs steeply up towards Lasithi Plateau. The off-road track offers new opportunities for amazing photographs and breathtaking scenery. Every 25-30 minutes we will stop for photographs and the chance to change drivers.
During this time, the guide will inform you about the places we will visit, enriching the journey with curiosities about Crete. About half-way to Lasithi plateau, we’ll come across the beautiful village of Kera, located on the side of the mountain and overlooking the villages below.
A longer stop will be made at the Kera Kardiotissa monastery, enabling you to enjoy the mesmerising views and explore the monastery and surroundings. The exact date of its foundation is unknown though it is believed the establishment of the monastery is connected with the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, after which it takes its name (‘Kera’ means ‘Our Lady’).
Following our spiritual break, the climb continues to an altitude of nearly 1000 metres where we’ll descend to the volcanic plateau of Lasithi. The majority of residents here are farmers, using only natural resources to make a living. Due to its volcanic origins, the land here is very fertile encouraging the cultivation of a variety of vegetables. The next photo stop will be made at the lakes of Havga. These two lakes are the source of the freshwater supply of Lasithi plateau and collect the snowmelt from the surrounding mountains.
Our Buggy Safari will continue through the plateau, heading west towards the village of Psychro where the longest stop will be made for lunch at a family-run traditional taverna. We will enjoy the hospitality of the Halkiadakis family at the ‘Zeus Garden’ taverna. Here you will be spoilt with the delicious taste of locally produced food and receive a genuine Cretan welcome. The menu is very simple – one giant pork or chicken souvlaki sitting on a bed of freshly peeled homegrown potatoes, a generous Greek salad with freshly sliced locally produced vegetables and a soft drink of your choice or water. As a starter, a variety of local cheeses will be served along with delicious olives, tomatoes and sun-dried bread. After eating and chatting our off-road activity in Crete will be complete but not over!
As we travel on, we’ll change direction moving towards the mountain passage leading to the village of Kastamonitsa and eventually back to where our journey began. A few more photo stops will be made as we travel, a significant one being at the monument of the local traitor Tsoulis. He was a wealthy Cretan from a Christian family who became Muslim during the Turkish domination and betrayed Christians by stealing crops from them, kidnapping beautiful girls and other such acts until seven Christians murdered him. He was so unpopular that whenever people passed this place they threw stones and cursed him.
The final stretch of road will be the reminder that the end of this adventure with the ultimate offroad machines (the Can Am Commander and the Polaris RZR) is in sight but the chance to have been a part of it will stay with you for a long time to come.
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