Hiking in Crete

Diktamos
Gorge

Chania

Diktamos Gorge
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The canyon of Diktamos is located at the White Mountains. It starts 21km east of Chania, next to the village Katochori at an altitude of 300m, and ends 8km to the east, at the village Faragi, at an altitude of 40m and near the village Stylos, province Apokoronas. Therefore, this is also known as Katechori Gorge or Stylos Gorge. The canyon stream is the main tributary of Kiliaris River, collecting water from the north slopes of Mavri peak and emptying on Kalives beach.

Hiking in the canyon is not very easy, with some places needing more attention, and lasts about 3 hours. The canyon is beautiful and lush with huge trees and has many steep slopes where the endemic herb of Crete, dittany or diktamos, grows. In Stylos you can visit the old church of Apostle John (Agios Ioannis Theologos), cool off from the local springs and regain your power in the taverns of the village.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge, Signed trail
  • Water: Water till spring, Springs
  • Length (km): 7.5
  • Altitude difference (m): 200
  • Difficulty (0-10): 3
  • Hiking Hours: 3
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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