Kapsas Gorge (Pervolakia Gorge)
The wild and imposing gorge of Kapsas is located 8-9km east of Makrigialos and 33km east of Ierapetra. The gorge is also called Pervolakia, because its northern entrance is near the secluded and picturesque village of Pervolakia. When in the village, you should walk in the nearby traditional village of Pezoulas, with the amazing houses. The exit of the gorge is next to the Monastery of Kapsa, in the Libyan Sea. You can swim in the beautiful quiet pebbly beach, just in front of the gorge exit.
The length of the gorge is 4-4.5km and trekking in the canyon is not too hard. The hike lasts 2 hours if you choose to ascend from the southern exit (Monastery) to Perivolakia. If you, however, prefer the easier option, to descend into the gorge from Perivolakia to Kapsa monastery, it takes about 1.5 hours.
The interior of the canyon is spectacular, with high towering walls. The vegetation is quite limited and the landscape is arid and dry. Along the path, there are several points where you have to climb and there are several signs.
The road connecting Makrigialos and Goudouras passes right next to the exit of the gorge, near the Monastery. You can also get the bus that connects Goudouras with Ierapetra. You can also drive to the Pervolakia or Kapsa Monastery and then call a cab i Makrigialos to take you to your car.
Special thanks to pervolakia.blogspot.com