Dikti Mountain

Snow Covered Dikti Summit, Spathi, Crete, Greece


Coordinates:35°07′09.15″N 25°29′52.27″E

Dikti (also called Lassithiotika Ori) is a mountain range on the east of the island of Crete in the prefecture of Lassithi. On the west it extends to the prefecture of Heraklio. According to Greek Mythology, Zeus was reared on this mountain in a cave called Dictaeon Andron or Psychro Cave. On the north of the main massif you’ll find the plateau of Lassithi. The topology of the mountain range is rich with a lot of plateaus (Lassithi, Katharo, Omalos Viannou, Limnakaro), valleys and secondary peaks. Some important peaks are Spathi at 2148m, Afentis Christos/Psari Madara at 2141m, Lazaros at 2085m, Madara at 1783m, Skafidaras 1673m, Katharo Tsivi 1665m, Sarakino 1588m, Afentis 1571m, Selena 1559m, Varsami at 1545m, Toumpa Moutsounas at 1538m, Platia Korfi at 1489m, Mahairas at 1487m, Virgiomeno Oros at 1414m, . The main masif forms a horse-shoe around the valley of Selakano. Large parts of the mountain, including the Selakano valley, are forested with pines, Kermes oaks, cypresses, Holm Oaks and Cretan Maples. The fertile valleys and plateaus of Dikti are of significant importance in the local economy.

Psychro Cave, Dikti mountain, Crete, GreeceDikti mountain, Crete, GreeceLimnakaro plateau in Crete, Greece

A dominant feature of Dikti is the Lasithi Plateau, the largest and most picturesque plateau in Crete. It is a place with a long history. Diktaion Antron, is located here, a cave where -according to the Mythology- Zeus was born. In a different myth, Dias (Zeus) was born in Idaion Antron in Mt Idi. A third myth is a compromise of the two, claiming that Zeus was born in Diktaion Antron but raised in Idaion.

The Lasithi Plateau is a nice place for excursions. If you are a bit more ambitious, though, and want to climb to the summit of Mount Spathi, ask at the village of Agios Georgios for the path leading to the small plateau of Limnakaro. The distance is about 2 hours walk. At Limnakaro there is a dirt road leading to the shelter of the Mountaineering Club of Lassithi (30 minutes). Do not follow this road; try to locate the E4 path which leads to the top. The ground is not quite solid, so be cautious. Go all the way up to the crest of the mountain and then keep moving to the left for another 2 hours.

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