Hiking in Crete

Rechtra
Fall

Heraklion

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Spiliotissa Gorge, Rogdia
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West of the village Rogdia a small gorge is formed that exits at the area of Paliokastro. The route starts from the old watermill of Koukos, on the main road connecting Rogdia to Achlada, and descends to the most impressive part of it, the 10m high waterfall Rechtra, reached via a quite steep descend with ropes. Descending the gorge, we come by some small waterfalls, the cavernous chapel of Panagia Spiliotissa, and reach the beach of Paliokastro.

What causes a great impression is that in the middle of the gorge, there is a cave that has been transformed into a workshop for painting Christian icons by an agiographer, right in the middle of nowhere. It is great to pay a visit there and talk to the man. see the icons and maybe buy some.  

The fall can also be accessed easily by ascending the gorge from Paliokastro.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 1.5
  • Altitude difference (m): 70
  • Difficulty (0-10): 2
  • Hiking Hours: 0.5
  • Accessibility: Paved road
  • Maximum Rapel Height (m): 10
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