River

Platys

Platys River
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Platys Potamos (i.e. Wide River) is one of the longest rivers in Crete fed by the waters of the Northeast Kedros Mount and the Valley of Amari. Its exit is located in Agia Galini beach, South Rethymnon. The River Platis Potamos is one of the rivers of Crete with lot of water and dense vegetation. Indeed, along the banks there are several stone bridges with arches built by the inhabitants of the area to cross the river.

Initially, the river gets watered by Amari valley and later joins thte ributary Ligiotis flowing in the Gorge Smiliano, starting near Gerakari. Near the village Chordaki there is a beautiful arched bridge. A bit later the river turns to a deep narrow gorge and becomes inaccessible and dangerous. Huge rocks block the course and one should dive beneath the water to cross these points. Later the canyon reopens, forming several ponds and small waterfalls surrounded by huge plane trees. There is is another arched bridge nearby, under which you can swim.

The river continues its course to the beach of Agia Galini. At the mouth of the river, archaeologists have identified some remains of an ancient temple dedicated to godess Artemis (Diana).

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Rethymnon
  • Water: Water all year round
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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