Gorges in Crete

Apolychnos
Gorge

Heraklion

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Apolychnos gorge
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Apolychnos Gorge is located a few kilometers north of Mires town, in a lush green area with ​​dense olive groves. It's actually a narrow valley running along a river, which in some places gets deeper and the vegetation is very dense. 

The stream Tourki that flows in it transfers the water from the valley that starts west of the village Makres to the river Geropotamos. The gorge, about 3 km long, starts next to the village Panagia and ends at the traditional settlement of Agios Antonios (Vrelis). It is easily accessible, especially near its exit, near Agios Antonios as the main road from Mires passes by.

The name is taken after the abandoned village of Apolychnos, located at an altitude of 220m, inside the gorge. The village is surrounded by lush trees and gurgling springs, while the square hosts the beautiful  Byzantine church of Saint Panteleimon.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Altitude difference (m): 100
  • Difficulty (0-10): 1
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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