Chania Gorges

Sfakia region, in the foothills of the alpine White Mountains has the most impressive gorges. The Samaria Gorge in Sfakia is the longest and most famous in Europe, while the less-known neighbouring gorges are really impressive with lush flora and very important fauna. Some of them are extremely dangerous to trek in and require guidance from an expert. The most important gorges in Chania, except Samaria, are Kallikratis, Imbros, Aradaina, Eligia, Klados, Tripiti, Agia Irini and Theriso. Smaller gorges are Asfendou, Sfakian Gorge, Prasse, Katholikos, Dittany, Syrikario, Chalase, Deliano, Iliggas, Kapni and many more.

Samaria Gorge

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Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe and also the most famous. Thousands of tourists flock there daily in the season to walk from the top to the bottom. For many of them, it’ is the sole purpose of their visit to Crete. The length of the trekking route reaches 18km and takes almost 4-7 hours to hike from Omalos to Agia Roumeli.

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Klados Gorge

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Klados gorge is the first one to the west of Samaria. The path leading to its north entrance starts from the Linosseli pass west of peak Gigilos. It is not marked except by a few “domes” - piled up rocks - at the most dangerous points, and it is evidently very infrequently crossed as the path is often blocked by bushes. A little before the entrance to the gorge there is a very dangerous spot with a chalasè (loose gravel on a steep slope) and a nine-hundred-metre precipice.

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Tripiti Gorge (Samaria)

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Tripiti Gorge is the second parallel gorge west of Samaria gorge. It is one of the longest gorges of Crete that needs two days, as there is no road approaching its entrance. The gorge is truly amazing with its high steep walls, many of which are cavernous (tripiti takes its name after the caves, called tripes (holes) in Greek). Apart from the rich flora, you might see some the endangered Cretan ibex wandering around the pine trees.

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Eligia Gorge

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The gorge of Eligia is wild, long and very impressive. Its entrance is in Agios Ioannis village in Sfakia (780m altitude, 92km from Chania). After hiking for 3.5 hours you reach Agios Pavlos beach, which is full of pine trees, and then you need 1 more hour to the west to reach Agia Roumeli.

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Aradena Gorge

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The deepest and steepest gorge in Chania is the gorge of Aradaina. The 138 meter deep gorge is ideal not only for sightseeing or hiking but for bunjee jumping as well. The trekking inside the canyon till the exit on the majestic Marmara beach is an unforgettable experience for those who attempt the descent of the canyon

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Kavis Gorge

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Iligas GorgeThe gorge of Iligas (or Kavi) is located a few kilometers west of Chora Sfakion. It starts from Anopolis plateau and ends at the beautiful beach of Iligas, 2km west of Chora. The gorge is very easily accessible from Anopolis plateau.

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Sfakiano Gorge

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Sfakiano Gorge, Sfakia, CreteSfakiano gorge or Vartholoma or Lago is located 2km east of Chora Sfakion. Starting at an altitude of 1200 meters its ends at the Libyan Sea. The canyon has a length of 6.5km and walking along its riverbank is very easy.

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Imbros Gorge

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Imbros Gorge, close to Chora Sfakion, is the third most popular gorge on Crete after Samaria and Agia Irini. During the high season hundreds of walkers visit daily to make the trek through the valley. The walk is not particularly strenuous and can be completed in 2-3 hours. The scenery is beautiful and the relative easiness of the hike makes it an ideal walk for families with children. The length of Imbros Gorge is 11km.

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Asfendou Gorge

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Asfendou Gorge, Chania, Crete

The canyon of Asfendou is one of the many gorges in Sfakia province, starting from deserted hamlet of Asfendou that currently houses some local sheep herders. Along the canyon runs a passable but steep trail, parallel to the streambed. In many places the Libyan sea is visible.

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Kallikratis Gorge

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Kallikratis is a relatively small gorge in the southeast region of Lefka Ori (White Mountains) in Chania Prefecture. The gorge connects the mountainous pasture lands with the lowland villages. It is a very pleasant walk, offering great views and rare flowers, but is not very popular to tourists. The Kallikratis’ Gorge together with the Asfendou Gorge can be a full day’s excursion.

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Kapni Gorge

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Kapni Gorge, Chania, Crete

The gorge of Kapni is one of the most spectacular canyons of Eastern Sfakia and remains totally unknown to most people. The starting point of the open stream of Kapni, that slowly turns to a canyon, is located south of the peak Akones at position Hionistra, on the road between the villages and Askyfou and Asfendou.

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Skaloti Gorge

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Skaloti Gorge, Chania, Crete

One of the many parallel canyons of the wider area of Fragokastelo. It is a small canyon (2km long) starting from the beautiful plateau Manikas and ending at the seaside village Skaloti after 2:30 hours hiking with steep slopes. The canyon is initially open and then narrows and the walls gets vertical. The vegetation is mainly limited to bushes and brushwood.

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Perdikaris Gorge

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Perdikaris Gorge, Chania, Crete

Gorge Perdikaris is located between villages Miriokefala and Argoules, along the borders of the prefectures of Rethymnon and Chania. It is a rugged canyon with steep gradients, low vegetation and large opening throughout its length.

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Agia Irini Gorge

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The gorge of Agia Irini is on the west side of the White Mountains, with many vertical passes. It gets its name from the homonym village located near the entrance, 46 km from Chania. Its length is 7.5 km and its crossing takes three hours. The gorge ends up in the seaside village of Sougia, where there is a clean and beautiful beach where you can enjoy a memorable swimming in the waters of the Libyan Sea. Once a day, the ferry runs from the port of Sougia, to connect the village with Chora Sfakion in the east and Paleochora in the west.

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Fygou Gorge

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Fygou Gorge, Agia Irini, Chania, CreteThe Gorge Fygou is a small, but very beautiful short canyon located near Sougia and is a sub-gorge of the popular gorge of Agia Irini. From this narrow passage the rebels of the area escaped to Sfakia mountains during the several revolutions (hence the name Fygou, i.e. escape).

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Lissos Gorge

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Lissos Gorge, Sougia, Chania, CreteThrough the gorge of Lissos passes the trail that connects Sougia to Ancient Lissos. It's a long canyon with imposing towering walls, but the path that leads to ancient Lissos covers only a small part of the route, taking only about 1 hour.

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Vavouledo Gorge and Trahinos Gorge

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Trahinos Gorge, Palea Roumata, Chania, CretePalea Roumata is a lush green area on the northern slopes of Mount Apopigadi, about 35km southwest of Chania city. There are 13 neighborhoods of the same village (Palea Roumata), which are scattered on the slopes. Close to hamlet of Lidiana the two canyons of Vavouledo and Trachinos merge. They are ideal for a cyclical route with water till late spring.

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Askidia or Prasses Gorge

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Askidia or Prasses Gorge, ChaniaThe canyon of Prasses or Askidia is located in a wooded area of the White Mountains. Its exit is located near the village Askidia (altitude 480m), which is a part of the village Prasses, hence the two names.

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Chosti Gorge

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Chosti Gorge, ChaniaThe canyon of Chosti is formed by the small settlement of Hosti in Chania, amid one of the most beautiful and lush green place of Crete. Away from the known tourist routes, it remains completely unknown and yet untouched. You will not find in any tourist guide referring to it, though it is a jewel of western Crete and is one of the most beautiful small canyons small, which can be easily crossed without any canyoning equipment.

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Pelekaniotis Gorge

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Pelekaniotis GorgeAt a forgotten area of the region Selino in South Chania, you will meet the well hidden gorge of Pelekaniotis River. It is the river with the most water flow in Selino and it is so important that the whole municipality of Paleochora is named Pelekanos. It has water all year round and forms a lush green valley at its exit, at Maherota location.

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Kandanos Gorge

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Kandanos Gorge, Chania, Crete

The Gorge of Kandanos is a place of exquisite naturalistic and historical importance, which is today endangered by the operation of a large quarry. The Gorge of Kandanos hosted the first battle between armed residents against governmental troops in the history of the Second World War.

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Anydri Gorge

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Anydri GorgeThe small but impressive gorge of Anydri is located east of Paleochora. It starts from the village Anidri and after a snaky course, about 3km long, between high cliffs it concludes at the beautiful beach Gialiskari.

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Sirikari Gorge

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The Gorge of Sirikari is located next to Kissamos, in one of the most beautiful areas of Crete. Starting from the village of Sirikari, with the large chestnut wood, it ends after about 10km in the ancient city of Polirinia.

 

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Chalase Gorge

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Sassalos/ Chalase Gorge, Chania, Crete

Gorge Chalase or Porofarago starts near the village Sassalos and ends before the village Makronas after 4 hours of course in dense vegetation. Crossing it is not very easy because at one point it has a large scree (chalase) and there is no trail.

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Topolia Gorge

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Topolia GorgeThe gorge of Topolia is located at West Crete and it runs along the road leading to Elafonissi. The canyon actually starts near the village Strovles at an altitude of 450m, and exits near the village Topolia, at an altitude of 150m.

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Kambos Gorge

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Kambos Gorge, Platanakia, Chania, CreteOn the way to Elafonisi from the road running along the west coast of Crete, there is the beautiful village of Cambos belonging to Kissamos province. From there a short dirt road heads to the west which heads to the lush canyon of Kambos, the westernmost gorge of Crete.

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Mesavlia - Deliana Gorge

Mesavlia - Deliana Gorge

Deliana – Mesavlia Gorge is located 37km west of Chania. Starting from the village Mesavlia it descends to the village Deliana after 5km. Walking in the gorge is very easy (takes about one hour) and is suggested even for children, as it runs along a dirt road.

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Roka Gorge

Roka Gorge

The gorge of Rocca, Roka, Rocka or Rokka is located 32km west of Chania, in the area of Kolymbari. The 2km gorge starts from the village Deliana and ends at the village of Roka. In the settlement there is Trouli hill, where you can still see the ruins of a Byzantine fortress. Hiking through the gorge is very easy (takes about 2 hours) and is recommended on early summer, when there is still some water.

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Theriso Gorge

The Gorge of Therisso (named also Eleftherios Venizelos) is located near the city of Chania. You can go there by car. The main gorge is six kilometers long. The vertical cliffs are impressive and the lush vegetation has nothing to envy of the other Chania Gorges. The place deserves a visit, even with a vehicle, cobined with a visit in the historical beautiful village of Therissos, that is built at the foot of the White Mountains at an altitude of 580 meters, just 15 kilometers from the city of Chania.

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Vrissi Gorge

Vrissi Gorge, Chania, CreteOne of the nicest gorges of Crete is that of Vrissi on the north side of the White Mountains, crossed by the river Vrissiotis which gathers water from Melidaou area and waters Zourva and Lakki. In the gorge there is the cave - underground river with water springs, while many waterfalls of exquisite beauty are met in several places.

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Karanou Gorge (Boriana)

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Boriana or Karanou Gorge, Chania, Crete The lush canyon of Boriana starts from the village Boriana and joins the River Mavropiliotis after 1800 meters in a nicely landscaped trail. Along the trail we meet a ruined watermill, caves, entrances of the old iron ore quarries (known locally as quarries of Averof), a charcoal furnace and galleries.

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Kydoni Gorge (Karanou)

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Kydoni Gorge by Karanou, Chania, Crete

The Gorge Kydoni is a small green paradise near the village Karanou, which has been adorned with a beautiful trail and information signage. The trail through the gorge is very easy to walk and appropriate for children.

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Tromarissa Gorge

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Tromarissa Gorge, Zourva, Chania, Crete

The Gorge of Tromarissa is located near the village Zourva and it is said that it gets its name after the myths about fairies and goblins that scared passersby at the position where we meet the spring of Tromarissa (tromazo means get scared in Greek).

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Laggos Gorge by Zourva

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Laggos Gorge, Zourva, Chania, Crete

Between the villages Zourva and Meskla we meet one unknown canyon, one of the many of the region, which is called Lagos. Its entrance is located west of the village Zourva and ends in the village Meskla, at the bridge of the village, just before merging with the river Keritis.

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Pigaida Gorge

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Pigaida Gorge, Zourva, Chania, Crete

Pigaida is a long wooded gorge with very narrow passages ending at Zourva. Along its course there are several descents that need rope and make its crossing harsh.

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Diktamos Gorge

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Diktamos Gorge

The canyon of Diktamos starts 21km east of Chania, next to the village Katochori at an altitude of 300m, and ends 8km eastern, at the village Faragi, at an altitude of 40m, next to the village of Stylos. Thus, it is also known as Katechori Gorge or Stylos Gorge.

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Cyclamen Gorge

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Cyclamen Gorge, Chania, Crete

The Gorge of Cyclamen or St George Gorge starts from the settlement Aletrouvari (altitude 300m), passes east of the village of Agios (St) Georgios and ends at the village Vandes (altitude 50 m).

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Avlaki or Katholiko Gorge

Avlaki Gorge in Akrotiri Cape

Avlaki gorge is located near the monastery Gouverneto, 16km east of Chania city. It is one of the most important gorges in Crete with a particular religious value, as many monks and hermits found shelter in its caves. Inside the small canyon there is the deserted Katholiko monastery, perhaps the oldest monastery in Crete. Thus, the gorge is also called Katholiko Gorge.

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