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Mount Ida, Rethymnon

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Mount Ida (Greek: Ἴδα), known variously as Idha, Ídhi, Idi, and Ita (the massif including the mountain is called Psiloritis, Greek: Ψηλορείτης), is the highest mountain on the island of Crete, with an elevation of 2,456 metres (8,058 ft). It has the highest topographic prominence of any mountain in Greece. A natural park which includes Mount Ida is a member of UNESCO's Global Geoparks Network.

Located in the Rethymno regional unit, Ida was sacred to the Titaness Rhea in Greek mythology. On its slopes lies one of the caves, Idaion Antron, the Idaean Cave, in which, according to legend, the god Zeus was born. Other legends, however, place his birthplace in Psychro Cave on the Lasithi Plateau.

An archaeobotanical study was conducted that looks at the different plant bases in Minoan villas during the Neo-palatial time period in Crete. There was a rich range of food plants that were found to contain essential nutrients like carbohydrates, protein and vitamin sources. The study took place on Mount Ida, at the Minoan villa of Zominthos.
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  • Ascended from Mygeros refuge in September. Typed in Mygeros refuge into google maps and easily found. Relatively easily accessible from either direction on the main Heraklion to Chania road,took us... 
    Ascended from Mygeros refuge in September. Typed in Mygeros refuge into google maps and easily found. Relatively easily accessible from either direction on the main Heraklion to Chania road,took us...  more »
  • The plan was to be on summit for dawn and then paraglide off. The drive was a nightmare really coming from Heraklion. IF YOU'RE APPROACHING FROM THE NORTH THE ONLY ROAD THAT WILL GET YOU TO THE... 
    The plan was to be on summit for dawn and then paraglide off. The drive was a nightmare really coming from Heraklion. IF YOU'RE APPROACHING FROM THE NORTH THE ONLY ROAD THAT WILL GET YOU TO THE...  more »

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