Gorges of Central Crete


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Argoulidias gorge in Karavados
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In the village Karavados in prefecture Heraklion lies a small gorge that is completely unknown, Argoulidias gorge. Its name is taken after the many wild olive trees (called argoulides in the Cretan dialect) found in the canyon, the vegetation of which is complemented by carobs, Nerium oleanders and many plane trees.

Argoulidias is a short gorge that is formed above the village and very close to it in phyllite rock and is quite open. The canyon, though small in length, has plenty of water coming from the hill of Prophet Elias, where Ancient Arcadia was built.

During its course it forms 6 very beautiful waterfalls. During the rainy season in Crete, the water is spectacular and the whole area of Argoulidias, combined with the many wildflowers, is majestic.

This canyon is still unknown even to the people of the village who are ignorant of its existence. The water of Argoulidias crosses the village and then ends at Karavados dam.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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