Hiking in Crete



Agios Antonios Gorge at Patsos
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The gorge of Patsos or Agios Antonios is located 8 km southwest of the Monastery of Arkadi, in the heart of the lush province of Amari. The water of the gorge is poured in the the dam of Potamoi. Trekking in the gorge is very easy, since it is managed by the Forest Service.

The gorge offers facilities for picnic, with a spring of running water near the river. A beautiful attraction of the gorge is the cavernous church of St. Anthony in the rocky walls, a former temple of Hermes. From there you can follow the trail towards Potami dam or till the beautiful cavernous waterfall and then return back. On the sides of the gorge there is an observation deck for birds in the area.

The name of the gorge comes from the homonym village. Patsos village is located near the foot of the hill of Soros at an altitude of 490 meters, and is 30 km south of Rethymno. Nearby villages are Karines, Spilia and Gerakari. The area has rich vegetation. Vegetation and crops are lush due to the numerous springs of water available in the wider area. The water is of very good quality and runs all over the year.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Altitude difference (m): 100
  • Difficulty (0-10): 1
  • Hiking Hours: 2
  • Accessibility: Paved road


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