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Moustakos – Lakkos - Sklavopoula – Koundoura – Paleochora   Grade: ****   Total Distance 36.1 km.

This tour is a real challenge to test your fitness. The start is deep into the mountains in the isolated village of Moustakos (550). Here begins the climb of 6 km. along a seldom used, narrow tarmac road to the top of Mount Lakkos (1018 m.). The end is an army post at the top of the mountain from where you have commanding views over Southwestern Crete. The reward for the effort is a 1000 m. descent over 18 km. mainly over wide tarmac roads down to the greenhouse village of Koundoura. The last 6 kilometers back to Paleochora are along the coastline.

Booking fee € 6.00, which includes a map, route description and GPS track, plus € 15.00 pp. for the transfer per minibus for you and your bike to the start of the tour. Book and pay in our office at the Kontekaki Street (next to the Chania Bank) in Paleochora.

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Grade: ****  

Length: 36.1 km.        

Duration: 2.5 - 3.0 hrs.

Transfer: Paleochora to Moustakos at an altitude of 550 m.

Classification: arduous, for cyclist with experience in good condition

Total ascent: 720 m. Total descent: 1270 m.


  • climb to the highest peak of West Crete
  • enjoy the spectacular views over south-west Crete and the Libyan sea
  • a descent over 1000 m. over mainly quiet wide asphalt roads


  • transfer and bike transport Paleochora - Moustakos
  • route description and map
  • GPS-track


  1. Moustakos
  2. Lakkos
  3. Kalamios
  4. Sklavopoula
  5. Koundoura
  6. Paleochora