Canyoning in Crete



Kavousi Gorge
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Kavousi canyon is located near Keratokambos (near Ano Viannos, south Heraklion) in Dikti Mountain. The total length is 1km and the altitudinal difference between entrance and exit is 170m. For the canyoners, there are 10 technical descents and the highest is the second one which is 20m high. Running water occurs during late winter and spring mainly after heavy rainfall.

The gorge is also accesible for a stroll, at a smaller part of it. Walking in the riverbed from Keratokambos is very easy and can be combined with a bath in the Libyan Sea. It is proposed to visit Kavousi in early summer, when no water blocks the passages. The trail starts from Agia Moni monastery and comes along (and in parts aside) the gorge.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Canyoneering equipment needed
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 1
  • Altitude difference (m): 170
  • Difficulty (0-10): 8
  • Hiking Hours: 1.5
  • Accessibility: Walking
  • Maximum Rapel Height (m): 25

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