Mesonas gorge is located on the northern slopes of the mountains of Thripti, next to Kavoussi and Avgos villages. It is a short gorge of 4km, imposing that requires having good physical condition in order to cross it. The canyon connects the Plateau of Thripti to the plain of Kavoussi.
The canyon is ideal if you like canyoning, i.e. crossing a narrow gorge, climbing with ropes and swimming in the waters of the gorge. Mesonas Gorge starts very smoothly with less roping and more walking. The entire canyon is crossed smoothly except its last part, where its form changes and it turns to a very narrow passage with high walls. The canyon does not have a lot of water and the flow stops in the middle or late spring.
On the other hand, if you're a keen canyoner, you can walk along the sides of the gorge. On the western side, along with a concrete waterway, a trail heads uphill to Thripti Mountain. The views to the canyon, the surrounding mountains and the bay of Mirabello are indescribable.
To find the entrance of the gorge you should follow the track leading to the archaeological site of the Azores, east of Kavoussi village. After the church of Agia Kiriaki, you’ll meet the path that runs along the side of the gorge.
|Azorias by Kavousi||0.5km||Theriospilios Cave||0.7km|
|The olive tree of Azorias||0.9km||Kastro by Kavousi||1.2km|
|Vrondas Minoan Town||1.4km||Agriomandra beach||3.1km|
|Tholos beach (Kavousi)||3.3km||Thripti plateau||3.4km|
|Thripti pine wood||4.3km||Ha Gorge||4.9km|
|Pachia Ammos beach||5.4km||Sitia Mountains||6km|