Canyoning in Crete

Xerofarago
Kalami II

Heraklion

Xerofarago Gorge (Kalami ΙΙ)
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Xerofarago Gorge is located south of Kalami village, province Viannos, 75km southeast of Heraklion. It is a small gorge ideal for canyoning (known to the canyoning community as Kalami II) that ends close to the old church of Panagia Keralimeniotissa. At almost the same point, the gorge of Panagia (Kalami I) ends and then, as a common stream, they continue their course to the beach of Faflagos.

In order to locate the entrance (300m altitude) you have to climb for about 500m on the western slopes of the gorge exit (140m altitude) and follow the path marked with stones. The gorge Xerofarango has eleven consecutive descents, the largest being 16m high, and is usually dry. The narrow walls (3-7m width) and the sculptured natural rocks in the canyon make it a favorite canyon for training in canyoning.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Canyoneering equipment needed
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 0.5
  • Altitude difference (m): 200
  • Difficulty (0-10): 7
  • Hiking Hours: 1.5
  • Accessibility: Walking
  • Maximum Rapel Height (m): 15

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