Canyoning in Crete



Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos)
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The gorge of the Holy Apostles in Lapathos is located in the south of Mount Dicti, 28km west of Ierapetra, 72km south of Heraklion, in the area of Kato Simi. This is a very rough canyon, which is a perfect challenge for very experienced canyoners. Its length is about 4km and the elevation difference between the startind and the ending point is about 900m.

The canyon starts from the small plateau of Lapathos, near the church of Holy Apostles, and ends on the road connecting the village of Pefkos to Ierapetra. It is generally a dry canyon, although the team of the experienced canyoners Vassilis Vagias, Savvas Paragamian and John Skondinakis found it in 2009 with unexpectedly amounts of water.

The gorge has 28 steep descents which require great repelling skills. The highest is 80m, one of the largest in Crete. Also the vertical walls of Lapathos are nesting shelters for many vultures, hawks, crows and other birds, and near the exit of the gorge the vegetation 

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Canyoneering equipment needed
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 4
  • Altitude difference (m): 900
  • Difficulty (0-10): 8
  • Hiking Hours: 5
  • Accessibility: Walking
  • Maximum Rapel Height (m): 80
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