There’s a reason why the local inhabitants attributed the highest peak of the Cyclades to the god Zeus – or Mount Zas, as it is known in Greece. Overlooking the island cluster in all its glory, Mount Zas stands at 1004 meters (3294 feet) above sea level, and is home to many ruins of locals’ former activities that you will come across as you hike your way up through typical Cycladic landscapes. One of its surprises is an ancient rock inscription ΟΡΟΣ ΔΙΟΣ ΜΗΛΩΣΙΟΥ which proudly refers to Zeus and his mountain. As you stop to rest on the way and catch your breath, you’ll be rewarded with the stunning vistas of the Aegean Sea.
The hike will lead you up an old footpath which connects the church of Agia Marina – or Saint Marina – to the mountain’s summit, unveiling fascinating Mediterranean species of fauna and flora on our route. Great views of the sea and surrounding islands will follow you for much of the way.
Byzantine church, ancient curved sign, old rural remains, great view to the Small Cyclades.
- Distance: 5.6 km
- Level: Moderate to Demanding
- Total duration: 3+ hours ( plus the driving time 2+h)
- Hiking shoes, hat and a backpack are strongly recommended
- Not recommended on very windy days
- In hot days the starting time is suggested to be the earliest possible in the morning
- flexible starting time
- certified guide/narrator
- guided tour around included sights and spots of interest
- bottled water, bio local refreshment and snacks
- all taxes
Does not include:
- personal expenses
Rates for private tours
1 to 3 persons: from 145 euros
4 to 8 persons: from 75 euros