Thripti Plateau and Afentis top.
More mountain climbing to go through unpaved road to an old and current mountain retreat, where excellent grape varieties produce equally good raki. Carry on to Afentis peak dominating the area from 1480m, for breathtaking views.
A marvelous village on a beautiful plateau, which is unknown to the masses. You can reach it through Kato Horio, some kms northern from Ierapetra. The The road rises up to the side of Sitian Mountains. After that is leads through a wonderful forest of pine trees and ends to Thripti settlement.
Another way to reach the village is the following: A road paved with asphalt starts from Koutsouras' area, 18 kms far from Ierapetra and rises up to the Orino village. There it is the end of the asphalted road, but a passable dirt road goes on. This road gets through the wild mountain landscape and ends up to the Thripti village from the eastern side. Taking this route, before you arrive at the village, on your left there is another dirt road, which leads you on the peak of Thripti mountain, called Afentis Stavromenos (1476m). There you can have a taste of the gorgeous panoramic view.
The village is known for its vineyards and the few inhabitants, who remained there, work on stockbreeding. Most of its inhabitants have left the village and have taken their residence at Ierapetra area.
The pine forest at the south of the village is the only one on the Sitian Mountains.
The village is extended at a big area of the plateau
In winter there are no inhabitants. Its few inhabitants come here in summers for the stockraising and the vine harvest. The vineyards here produce wine and raki of excellent quality
From this point of the village you have a wonderful view to the southwest
A big area is covered by pine trees
Thripti settlement is refered here because of its only and last remained pine forest of Sitian Mountains
Rocks and pine trees under the winter sun (January 2004)
View to the bay of Agios Nikolaos and of the surrounding area
The road is impressively dug through sharp cliff, 700 metres high. Driving along this road you have a view to the Ierapetra region
(left photo) and simultaneously a view to north coast of Agios Nikolaos area (right photo)
For a quicker way to reach Thripti you have to follow the way from Kato Horio in Ierapetra area. At the start the road is paved with cement and then it turns to a passable dirt road