Hiking in Crete



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Mesavlia - Deliana Gorge
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Deliana – Mesavlia Gorge is located 37km west of Chania and is name is an apple of discord between the villages Mesavlia and Deliana, which is depicted even in the signs of the area. It starts from the village Mesavlia and descends to the village Deliana after 5km; walking is very easy as there is a dirt road that runs along the riverbed and takes about 1 hour. The river collects water from the mount Anavos, passes through the gorge of Mesavlia - Deliana and then through the Gorge of Roka and finally flows on the beach of Nopigia.

The gorge is characterized by the dense vegetation. The best season to visit the canyon is on spring, when the vegetation is at its peak and the water flows in abundance. Near Mesavlia you will meet the cavernous chapel of Saint Paraskevi (Agia Paraskevi), where a feast takes place each year and near Deliana you will meet the chapel of Saint Photios (Agios Fotios).

The fastest way to access the gorge from Chania is through Deliana, while the fastest route from Paleochora is from Mesavlia. From Deliana you can walk (uphill) to Mesavlia and return, unless you have arranged with someone to pick you up from Mesavlia (1+1 hours). In Deliana and in the neighboring village Panethimos, there are several traditional small taverns. Moreover, in the nearby village of Gra Kera you can visit the ruined monastery of Theotokos.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge, Signed trail
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 5
  • Altitude difference (m): 220
  • Difficulty (0-10): 1
  • Hiking Hours: 1
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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