River Trekking



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Mesa Gorge at River Platys
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River Platys (i.e. wide) is one of the rivers of foremost importance in Crete, flowing all year round. It gathers almost all water quantities of Amari Valley and leads them to the beach of Agia Galini. At a secret location between the settlements Agia Paraskevi, Vyzari, and Petrohori, the wide river gets narrow and forms two impressive ravines. The first is the small Mesa Faragi (inner gorge), reminding of the gorge Kourtaliotis. Walking in the gorge requires getting wet and swimming.

There are many ponds with water all year round. There is an amazing pond at its entrance with a quite high waterfall, perfect for swimming in summer. The gorge is surrounded by lush vegetation, and platan trees and hosts many tortoises, frogs, and birds of prey nest in the sides. It is not too long and in order to explore it we need about one hour.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Water all year round
  • Length (km): 2
  • Altitude difference (m): 100
  • Difficulty (0-10): 4
  • Hiking Hours: 1
  • Accessibility: Walking
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