a. Nida – Mavri Peak – Kamaraikon Cave – Nida • b. Nida – Kamaraikon Cave – Nida

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Two hikes are organised, both starting and ending on Nida Plateau (1400m) on Mt Psiloritis.

The first one goes up to Mavri Peak (1981m), one of the twin peaks forming the legendary Saddle of Digenis, which offers a fantastic panoramic view. Then it goes down to Kamaraikon Cave (1700m) and ends on Nida Plateau passing by a Prickly-oak forest and some impressive mitata.

Leader: Nontas Giouzelis  •  Hiking Hours: 8  •  Difficulty Rate: 3

The second one traverses the southern slopes of Mt Psiloritis, passes by some impressive mitata and a Prickly-oak forest and ends up to Kamaraikon Cave (1700m).

The cave is about 40m long. Pottery dating back in 2000 BC has been found in it, used possibly by the residents of Phaestos for worshipping reasons. The vases are of excellent art with very thin walls (“eggshell”), colorful decoration and stunning designs. The style of the decorative vases, which have been also found in the palaces of Knossos and Phaestos, has been named “Kamares”, due to the cave. Today they are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

The way back to Nida Plateau follows the same route.

Leader: Maria Somaraki  •  Hiking Hours: 6  •  Difficulty Rate: 2

Departure for both hikes: 07.00 from the Archaeological Museum.

Information – Registration: Monday to Friday, 20.30-22.30, at the Mountaineering Club Office, 53 Dikeosynis st, telephone number: 2810-227609.

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