Hiking in Crete

Asfendou
Gorge

Chania

Asfendou Gorge
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The canyon of Asfendou is one of the many gorges in Sfakia province, starting from deserted hamlet of Asfendou that currently houses some local sheep herders. Along the canyon runs a passable but steep trail, parallel to the streambed. In many places the Libyan sea is visible.

The vegetation in Asfendou is not as dense, as in other canyons in the province of Sfakia, and is mainly limited to the riverbed. You will meet the Cave of the Shepherd.

Shortly before reaching the deserted village Kolokasia, it is worth visiting the wall painted cavernous church of St. Anthony. Kolokasia is one of the finest examples of authentic traditional Cretan architecture, with arches dividing the houses into 4 parts. There are also two chapels still surviving, dedicated to St. George and Virgin Mary.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge
  • Water: Generally dry
  • Length (km): 5
  • Altitude difference (m): 530
  • Difficulty (0-10): 2
  • Hiking Hours: 4
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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