Canyoning in Crete



Attention! The heavy rains of the last years have damaged many gorges and many paths have been destroyed so they are no longer accessible. You could inform us for such cases, so we update the listings in our website.
Kavousi Gorge
(2 votes)

Kavousi Canyon is located near Keratokambos in the province of Viannos on the south slopes of Dikti Mountain. The last part, which is called Skotino Gorge (Dark) is 1km long 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. There is water during late winter and spring and mainly after long rainy seasons, which is gathered in the area of Agia Moni monastery (the stream before reaching the Skotino gorge is called Kavoussi).

Of high interest are the water level marks on the gorge sides that depict that the water from time to time is so much that it literally floods the gorge making the walking part minimal. The gorge was created due to the corrosive action of water and the action of three faults, one at the beginning, one at the end which intersect with it vertically, and one along its east side. The fault at the beginning of Kavoussi also intersects the gorge located 1km to the west, Canyon Portela, one of the most imposing gorges in Crete.

Find nearby hotels


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

Also read:

Download Free Premium Joomla Templates • FREE High-quality Joomla! Designs