Hiking in Crete



Almiros Gorge
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The gorge Almyros is located in Linoperamata, close to Heraklion, between Keri and Kastrokefala. Almiros Gorge is the nearest gorge to Heraklion, a natural oasis close to the bustling city, formed between the hills of Keri and Kastrokefala. It is a very important habitat and the main reason is because in the middle of the east side is the largest wood of holly (Phillirea Media) in Crete, unknown to most of us. There are many other species, such as platan trees, carob and olive trees despite overgrazing.

It is the only gorge in Crete with 7 names: Gorge of Keri (due to the homonym hill nearby), Almiros (due to its adjacency to Almiros river), Ellinoperamata (it finishes at Ellinoperamata area), Porofarago (a common name throughout Cretan gorges), Three Churches (due to the three chapels of Santa Marina, St Antonios, St Paraskevi), Strouboulas (as it starts close to Strouboulas peak) and Ghosts’ gorge (because for many years the site of the canyon used by groups of Satanists and rumors about ghosts walking there).

Although being very close to Heraklion, only a few people have walked in there. The car reaches the point where the Catholic monastery of St Anthony Farangitis (i.e. in Gorge) was built in 14th century. There are still surviving the chapel of Agia Marina (used as a cemetery), the two aisled chapel of St John and St Paraskevi with very important frescoes. A few meters later we meet the shrine of St George and after one hour walk the chapel of Lord Christ. There are many trees along the trail and the vegetation gets denser as we ascend. Initially the gorge is usually dry, but then turns to a small stream. Indeed, you will meet 3 waterfalls, the closest to Heraklion city, which are formed at a place with pinkish limestone color.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge, Signed trail
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 3
  • Altitude difference (m): 150
  • Difficulty (0-10): 1
  • Hiking Hours: 1.5
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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