Mount Ida is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.897m (6,223ft) above the sea level, located in central Crete in the province of Rethymnon, in Greece. The summit is also known as Idha, Ídhi, Idi, Ita and Psiloritis. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
The road to the summit is gravel with several hairpin turns. It is subject to winter snowfalls with such a high summit altitude, and it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Make sure you get your vehicle and yourself well-prepared before driving this road. 4wd vehicle required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. During the summer the temperature is always at least 10oC lower than sea level and is not uncommon to need a jacket even in July and August.Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable trip on this road. Nice views from the top. Atop the mountain there’s a small church built from rocks with a cross, called Timios Stavros. It’s a particular mountain, with many legends and mythology stories involved as lays on its flank one of the cretan caves where Zeus was supposed to be born.
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