Hiking in Crete

Milonas
Gorge

Lassithi

Milonas Gorge
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The Gorge of Mylonas or Saint John is located 18km east of Ierapetra. It starts near the village of St. John, at an altitude of 500m, and ends at the beach of Kakia Skala. Descending the gorge from Saint John is impossible, as it is stopped by a high waterfall, and canyoning equipment is necessary.

However, the high fall of the canyon of Mylonas can be accessed through two ascending trails that start near the beach of Kakia Skala. The first trail (easy – 20’) comes on the pinewooded side of the gorge and a big part of it is the old concrete ditch, previously used for transferring water to Koutsounari. The other trail comes along the riverbed and especially in winter us very tiring (takes about 1:30 hour)

At the end of the ascending trails, at an altitude of 300m, you will meet the high fall of Milonas, having a height of 20m. Below it you will meet a small pond with crystal clear water, ideal for a cooling bath. In winter and after heavy rainfalls, there is a second waterfall on the left of the main fall, forming a spectacular image.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Lassithi
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Water all year round
  • Length (km): 1.5
  • Altitude difference (m): 70
  • Difficulty (0-10): 1
  • Hiking Hours: 0.5
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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