High Mountains ∙ Kritsa & Kroustas Forest
The cypress wood of Kritsa is formed across a deep ravine, at the southern foot of Mount Tsiva. The forest is in the middle of the ancient path that led Minoans to the plateau of Katharo, with many Minoan pottery remains found here.
One of the rare forests of eastern Crete, the Kroustas Forest Park was first systematically settled and intensively used by man about four thousand years ago. In the older Minoan Palace period many agricultural installations (pens, enclosure walls) and house foundations were built with large blocks and are visible on the surface until today.