Hiking in Crete



Prasses Gorge
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The wild Prassano gorge is located 10 km southeast of Rethymnon. Starting south of Prasses village, it offers a three-hour walk through the stunning gigantic rocks and through some relatively hard accesses, which make the passage very interesting. The Prassano gorge is located next to the bare hills of Gargana. It ends in Platanias, east of the town of Rethymno.

The area is quiet, with old platans, ideal for relaxing and picnics. Prassano is accessible only from mid June to mid-Octobe, because of the water flowing through it.

It is a very important biotope of Crete, since it hosts buzzards and a small population of Bonelli's eagled. If you are lucky you will have the opportunity to observe one of the last four remaining couples of vulture in the Balkans, which have found refuge in the region. Moreover, botanists consider the gorge as important as that of Samaria.

The village Prasses

Prasses, in the green Cretan landscape on the slopes of Vrisinas, are a gateway to the south coast. In this medieval village, one can see the interaction of different cultures that passed through Crete in the Venetian mansions, the Turkish farmsteads and the Orthodox churches.

The diversity of nature and culture make the village ideal for tours and walks. Continuing south of Prasses, the road leads to the valley of Potamoi with the homonym dam.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 6
  • Altitude difference (m): 100
  • Difficulty (0-10): 2
  • Hiking Hours: 4
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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