Hiking in Crete



Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)
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The gorge of Xerokambos – Ziros, officially called “Lamnoni gorge”, is the driest canyon of eastern Crete. Walking in the gorge takes approximately 2 hours and the descent is quite easy and smooth. The canyon has typical wild cretan beauty, with bare, tall walls and undergrowth. Throughout the journey, you'll admire the view to the blue Libyan Sea.

The best time to go in Lamnoni Gorge is from autumn till spring. In summer, temperature is high and there is no shade. Also, it is suggested that a member of your company will sacrifice his/her time and lead you by car to the entrance of the Gorge and then meet you in Xerokambos. In the meanwhile, he/she can enjoy the exotic turquoise sea of Xerokambos.

Get the road from Xerokambos to the plateau of Ziros. You will see the exit of the gorge in front of you after 2-3km. This is the exit of the gorge, where you’ll finish your walk.

Keep driving until Ziros. From Ziros follow the road to the dorp of Lamnoni. Once you reach the small Lamnoni plateau (4km from Ziros) you will see the old village. Continue driving and follow the dirt road on your right, which leads to the entrance of the gorge. After about 1-2 minutes you will meet a home and see the canyon on the east. You will meet a well and open some doors that shepherds have put.

From there, you enter the gorge and walk to the exit (near the road). If nobody waits for you, keep walking 15-20’ minutes to the beach.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Generally dry
  • Length (km): 5
  • Altitude difference (m): 600
  • Difficulty (0-10): 2
  • Hiking Hours: 2.5
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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