Hiking in Crete



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Karines Gorge
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Approximately two kilometers northwest of the village Karines at position Faragi there is a small but impressive gorge, Kariniotiko Gorge. Kariniotiko canyon is completely unknown as the entire surrounding area is not included in the tourist routes. However, the surrounding area has exceptional natural beauty and hosts one of the most impressive oak wood of Crete with huge ancient trees.

Kariniotiko (Gorge of Karines) is one of the very few gorges in Crete formed in flysch grounds (and not in limestone). Along its route there are plane trees and there is water till early summer, shaping 4-5 beautiful waterfalls. Because the canyon is relatively wide crossing it does not require canyoning equipment as there is always a passage to overcome the waterfalls.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Length (km): 1.5
  • Altitude difference (m): 60
  • Difficulty (0-10): 2
  • Hiking Hours: 1
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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