Hiking in Crete

Sirikari
Gorge

Chania

Sirikari
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Sirikari is located 55km west of Chania and 17km south of Kissamos, in a lush green area with canyons and water streams. The road to Sirikari is paved and runs through the dense vegetation, indicating the beauty of the area at the very first moment. From here begins the beautiful canyon of Sirikari leading to the settlement of Polirinia, where the ancient town of Polirinia was built.

Near Sirikari is formed an amazing forest with tall chestnut trees, waterfalls and gurgling streams. It is not the only chestnut wood in Chania prefecture, as there are several ones around to the slopes of the White Mountains. However, it is one of the most beautiful and covers quite a large area.

A visit to Sirikari will amaze you, especially if it is accompanied by hiking in the gorge ending at the ancient Roman city of Polirinia. The ruins of the town walls are still visible in the acropolis hill that overlooks the Gulf of Kissamos.

Be aware that the canyon in several places the gorge of Sirikari is steep, narrow and has difficult passages, while there are some places needing attention in order not to get lost. The vegetation inside the canyon and the surrounding area thrives with many herbs and trees of Crete.

Next to Sirikari, in Sineniana, there are two old watermills in very good condition. Also, it is worth visiting the Church of the Assumption, especially on the 15th of August, when a traditional fest takes place. The church is built in the chestnut grove, and you will see also other trees such as holm oak trees, cypresses and plane trees. A little further on, you can visit the abandoned village with the wonderful oak wood. Moreover, in Sirikari village it is worth visiting the 15th-century Byzantine church of the Holy Apostles.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Chania
  • Type: Hiking gorge, Signed trail
  • Water: Water till spring, Springs
  • Length (km): 6
  • Altitude difference (m): 170
  • Difficulty (0-10): 1
  • Hiking Hours: 2.5
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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