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Mount Ida

Listed under Mountains in Crete, Greece.

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  • Photo of Mount Ida
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More than Crete’s highest mountain, Mount Ida is where Zeus was born! He was supposed to have been born in a cave on its slopes and reared in the Amari Valley on its flank. Minos, Crete’s most famous King, and supposedly a son of Zeus used to come to the cave every nine years and listen to his father’s advise about lawmaking.

For people taking a more active approach to visiting the mountain the peak is quite a solid slog up from the plateau of Nida on one side and the forest of Ruva on the other. The starting point is Kamares, which is a cave in which some impressive Minoan pottery of the same name was discovered, or the village of Anoyia – it’s nine hours from the cave but eight hours walk from the village. The University of Crete has built an observatory on Ida’s secondary peak if you’re looking for a slightly easier scramble.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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