Mount Giouchtas

A dirt road just before Vathipetro leads up to the summit of Mount Giouchtas (about 810m). In mythology the mountain was the burial place of Zeus and for that reason it was considered sacred. As you look at it from Heraklion, the mountain has a human profile of a man. Minoans believed that it was the face of Zeus.On the northern side of the hill are the remnants of a Minoan peak sanctuary. Here archaeologists found a large number of votive offerings including fine jewellery, which can now be seen in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. On the summit there is a chapel dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Saviour (annual festival, on the 6th of August). The summit offers exceptional panoramic views not only of the surrounding area, but also of Mount Psiloritis and the Dikti Mountains.