Hiking in Crete



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Prasses Gorge
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The wild Prassano gorge (Gorge of Prasses) 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 passages, which make the hiking very interesting. The Prasano Gorge, which is today the "overflow" channel of the Potami dam, maneuvers through the rocky hills of Gargana, and its stream ends in the suburb of Platanias east of the city of Rethymnon. The river is drowned by vegetation and large plane trees, ideal for a cool excursion.

Prassano is accessible only from mid June to mid-October, 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 eagles

The village Prasses

Prasses, in the green Cretan landscape on the slopes of Vrysinas, is 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 Potami 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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