Hiking in Crete



Richtis Gorge
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The amazing gorge of Richtis is located in Lasithi Prefecture, on the north side, between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia. It starts just outside the village Exo Mouliana and ends at the Richtis beach, east of the village of Kalabro. The total length of the route is approximately 3 kilometers and the elevation difference between the starting point and the beach is about 350 meters. The gorge, even in summer, has enough water, which is used by locals.

Hiking in the gorge takes three to four hours. The route starts from the stone-arched bridge of Lachanas (19th century) which has a tragic history to tell. During the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey, it is said that, at this point, Christians killed the Turks of the region, who were trying to reach Sitia and get the boat to Turkey.

The route continues in a lush landscape in the river, an amazing scenery of East Crete. The mountain is actually above your head. Platan, oleander and sage are numerous, and the smells of fresh herbs change constantly.

The highlight is, of course, the beautiful waterfall of over 20 meters form with a smal pond formed beow it. The waterfall has water even in summer! Impressive also - footprint of the past - is the old water mills that the visitors meet in the path. The path finishes in the beautiful pebbly beach of Richtis. The beach has enough tamarisk trees, with stone seats and tables around. Also, there is a stone water fountain with water all year round.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge, Signed trail
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 5
  • Altitude difference (m): 650
  • Difficulty (0-10): 2
  • Hiking Hours: 3
  • Accessibility: Paved road


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