Gorge of Birds

Agios Antonios

Agios Antonios gorge at Vouvala
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The Gorge of Agios Antonios (Saint Anthony) is located in the area of ​​Louros, on Mount Vouvala in the province of Agios Vassilios, constituting the administrative boundary between the villages Melambes and Saktouria. Four streams formed between the peaks of Afendis Christos and Vouvala merge near the church of Saint Anthony at an altitude of 350 meters. There begins a wild and imposing gorge that ends in the sea area of Armenopetra, between Agia Galini and Agios Pavlos.

Agios Antonios is a technical gorge, ie its crossing requires technical means of canyoning, as it has ten waterfalls. The most imposing point in the gorge is the highest waterfall of 60 meters, which is completely smooth. Since 2021 it has been bolted by the team of Nikos Foukakis, Nikos Katritzidakis, and Maria Petrou. The entrance is approached through the dirt road that ends at the church of Saint Antony and its exit is located on the asphalt road that connects Agia Galini and Agios Pavlos.

A large number of birds of prey nest on the walls of the gorge, a fact that has given it the popular name "Gorge of Birds".

Source: Nikos Foukakis

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Canyoneering equipment needed
  • Water: Generally dry
  • Maximum Rapel Height (m): 60m
  • Altitude (m): 350m
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