Explore the ancient city of Eleftherna with its well-hidden secrets and be acquainted with the traditional art of pottery at the village of Margarites!

For those interested in Cretan and Greek history, this walk is a rewarding one.

Starting from the ancient city of Eleftherna, built between 970 – 820 B.C. we shall have many things to admire such as the Byzantine tower at the city’s entrance, the Roman reservoirs, the Hellenistic bridge, and the cemetery of the late Geometric and Archaic periods.

Continuing through the beautiful countryside we end up at the pottery village of Margarites where we shall have the chance to visit the ceramic workshops and be introduced to the traditional art of pottery that has been kept alive there over the centuries.

Route Details

  • Total distance: 6,90 Km.
  • Total estimating walking time: 3-4 hours.
  • Grade: Easy/Moderate (This walk is suitable for anyone in good health and normal fitness. The walk takes part in reasonably flat terrains).
  • Height gain: 175m/Height loss: 308m

Important note:  Please bear in mind that the below-mentioned excursion is ideal for Families. However, due to the nature of this particular excursion, children should be older than 6 years old.

Meeting Point (for those who do not need Transfer from/to the Hotel)

Margarites square with Bishop’s statue (View in Google Maps)



ParticipationPrice per person
excluding Transfer
Price per person
including Transfer
2-3 pax€95€130
4-5 pax€85€105
6-8 pax€65€86
Tranfers from/to Maritimo Beach Hotel and the Meeting Point

Above prices include:

  • Experienced guide from Cretan Adventures™ for the hike
  • All special equipment required for the activity (harnesses, ropes, helmets, belaying devices, etc)
  • Water bottle
  • Light snack
  • First aid kit
  • Third-Party insurance
  • All taxes

Not included in above prices:

  • All meals
  • Coffees and drinks
  • Entrance fees in sites of interest (archaeological sites, monasteries, churches, etc)
  • Other personal expenses

Enhance your excursion!

You may enrich your excursion by adding a visit to:

  • The Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, the first archaeological site museum in Crete, although smaller in size, is similar to those of Olympia, Delphi, and Vergina.
  • Arkadi Monastery, the symbol of the Cretan Revolution movement, which was totally burnt by the Turks back in 1866
  • The Caves of Melidoni or Sfentoni. Two historic and impressive caves in the nearby area

Need more information?

Get in touch with us either by email or, when in-house at the reception, in order to enquire about more information.

NOTE: This Activity and the transfers are provided from our dear partner Cretan Adventures.