Hiking in Crete



Roza Gorge
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The gorge of Roza is an offshoot of the gorge of Ambelos. It starts from a point near the rural road that crosses the gorge of Ambelos and has east-southeast direction, leading to Kera. The slope of the is very high, but there is a path on the sides ideal for hiking. Moreover, the sides are impressive, with visible geological formations that attract the eyes of the visitors, with their special beauty special.

The gorge has surface water, which seems from the oleanders growing in the riverbed. 

The name Roza is taken after the pinkish (roz means pink) colors of the walls. According to another version, the gorge served as a place for disposing the sterile animals (e.g. donkeys) in the past. Thus, the locals refered to the gorge as "Stira Za" (i.e. sterile animals) that was later paraphrased to "Sti Roza" (e.g. in Roza).

The riverbed has many steep descends and therefore can be only accessed with canyoning equipment. The highest rapel is 15m and the course takes about 3 hours.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 2
  • Altitude difference (m): 350
  • Difficulty (0-10): 2
  • Hiking Hours: 2
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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