Hiking in Crete

Fygou
Gorge

Chania

Fygou Gorge
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The Gorge Fygou is a small, but very beautiful short canyon located near Sougia and is a sub-gorge of the popular gorge of Agia Irini. From this narrow passage the rebels of the area escaped to Sfakia mountains during the several revolutions (hence the name fygou, i.e. escape).

Today, many hikers who trek in the gorge of Agia Irini (which is the second most popular gorge in Crete after Samaria) prefer to start their route from Fygou gorge, which after 1 hour walking meets the gorge of Agia Irini.

Through Fygou comes a trail between a very nice cypress and pine grove. At position Polla Spitakia there is an abandoned settlement and an outpost of the Forest Service. Finally, near the junction with the gorge of Agia Irini, there is the historic cave of Hirotrypa, where two local hermits where slaughtered in 1822 by the Ottomans.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Chania
  • Type: Hiking gorge, Signed trail
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 3
  • Altitude difference (m): 550
  • Difficulty (0-10): 2
  • Hiking Hours: 1
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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