Petsofas peak is located near Agathias village (1,5 km far and about 1 hour walking through a trail) and above the archaeological site of Roussolakos. In Minoan times here a peak sanctuary was founded where rituals included the deposition of clay figurines of cattle, men and women.
Among the ubiquitous human and animal figurines found in peak sanctuaries, Petsofas uniquely has clay figurines of weasels and tortoises. Some Petsofas cylinder seals bear a male figure resembling specimens recovered at the Minoan site of Knossos. Stone lamps, ceramic altars and ceramic building models have also been found at Petsofas.
Hiking on Petsofas
If you walk the unpaved road from the east end of Agathias, you come along a turn to the right after about 200 meters with a sign that says “Peak Sanctuary”. At the bottom of Petsofas hill, you take the distinctive path, which leads on the top of Petsofas peak at 215m and takes about 1,5 hour walking. This 3 kilometer long path leads up to the Minoan sanctuary area. This was once the site of a Minoan sanctuary and once you’re up on the top you have a panorama view of the whole Agathias-Palekastro-Kouremenos area.