Hiking in Crete

Sirikari
Gorge

Chania

Sirikari
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Sirikari is located 55km west of Chania and 17km south of Kissamos, in a lush green area with canyons and streams. The road to Sirikari is paved and runs through the dense vegetation, indicating the beauty of the area at the very first moment. From here, the two parallel gorges of Sirikari actually start; Tsichliano to the west and Kioliano or Sirikariano to the east, both ending at the settlement of Polirinia, where the ancient town of Polirinia was built. The ancient walls of the city are preserved in quite good condition in its citadel, on a high hill overlooking the bay of Kissamos.

Near Sirikari is formed an amazing forest with tall chestnut trees, small waterfalls and gurgling streams. It is not the only chestnut wood in Chania prefecture, as there are several ones around to the slopes of the White Mountains. However, it is one of the most beautiful and covers quite a large area.

Next to Sirikari, in Sineniana, there are two old watermills in very good condition. Also, it is worth visiting the Church of the Assumption, especially on the 15th of August, when a traditional fest takes place. The church is built in the chestnut grove, and you will see also other trees such as holm oak trees, cypresses and plane trees. A little further on, you can visit the abandoned village with the wonderful oak wood. Moreover, in Sirikari village it is worth visiting the 15th-century Byzantine church of the Holy Apostles (Agii Apostoli).

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Hiking gorge, Signed trail
  • Water: Water till spring, Springs
  • Length (km): 6
  • Altitude difference (m): 170
  • Difficulty (0-10): 1
  • Hiking Hours: 2.5
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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