The best way for a visitor to explore Crete is to walk beyond the point that a car can reach, follow paths from the Minoan era, smell the herbs in the numerous Cretan canyons, climb the bare peaks of the tallest mountains, and be rewarded for the hard work with the serenity of the soul that will be offered to him by the veneration of the deep blue of the Cretan and the Libyan Sea. In the region of Heraklion there are plenty of choices among excellent mapped routes with varying levels of difficulty.