Hiking in Crete



Embasa Gorge
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Gorge of Embasa starts its course from the village Kato Kera and ends near the village Gonies, being about 2km long. Its upper part is very steep and in winter several waterfalls are formed, with the highest being about 20m high.

Access to the falls is easier if you ascend the canyon from Gonies, however the lush vegetation and steep slopes make access quite tough for beginners. Vegetation consists mainly of oak trees and planes.

On the sides of the gorge, above the great waterfall, we meet the church of Life Giving Spring (Zoodohos Pigi), above which there is a natural rock depicting the figure the Virgin Mary (according to legends). Therefore, the gorge is also called Apotiposi (Depiction).

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Water till spring, Springs
  • Length (km): 2
  • Altitude difference (m): 150
  • Difficulty (0-10): 4
  • Hiking Hours: 1
  • Accessibility: Paved road
  • Maximum Rapel Height (m): 20
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