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Imposing gorges on Crete away from mass tourism

The Samaria gorge is the most famous but by far not the only gorge of Crete. Other beautiful gorges on Crete also make the hearts of nature lovers and hikers beat faster.

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The Samaria Gorge

One of the main attractions in the picturesque nature of Crete is the Samaria Gorge, sometimes called the 'Gran Canyon of Europe'. As one of the longest trekking canyons on the continent, it is truly extraordinary and attracts many hikers. The gorge is part of the European E4 route and is 16 kilometres long. The gorge stretches along the majestic Omalos Plateau west of the imposing White Mountains to the blue Libyan Sea. Directly at the exit of the gorge you will find Agia Roumeli, a charming harbour village.

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The Imbros Gorge

The approximately 2.5-3 hour hike through the Imbros Gorge is also possible in early spring, when the Samaria Gorge is still closed to visitors for safety reasons. It is relatively easy, leads almost only downhill and is also suitable for families with school-age children. At its narrowest point the gorge is only about 2 m wide, the steep slopes and the valley floor are lush green, although water almost never flows through the gorge.

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The  Agia-Irini Gorge

The Agia-Irini Gorge

While the road from Agia Irini winds down 27 winding kilometres along the slopes to Sougia, hikers can cover the distance on a much shorter route through the Agia Irini Gorge. It is almost as impressive as the Samaria Gorge, but mostly almost deserted. Here, too, the rock walls are several 100 m high and large parts of the gorge are forested. At the exit of the gorge there is a nice tavern. From there you can get to the main road via an earth road and after about 4 km you are in Sougia. The tavern owner will also be happy to order a taxi to take you back to your own car, which you have parked in Agia Irini.

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The Kourtaliatiko Gorge

The Kourtaliatiko Gorge

10 km after Armeni, south of Rethymno, a road turns right towards Preveli and Plakias. It crosses the village of Koxare and then enters the Kourtaliatiko gorge, which is about 3 km long, especially at its beginning. On the right side of the road is the small rock chapel of Agia Kyriaki, which is worth stopping at. 900 m further on steps lead down to the chapel of Agios Nikolaos in five minutes. From there you have a good view of the springs of the brook Mesopotamos, which rises on the opposite wall of the gorge and flows into the sea at the beach of Preveli.

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The Aradena Gorge

The Aradena Gorge

The gorge of Aradena is one of the most impressive gorges on Crete. The entrance to the gorge is near the village of Aradena, at the western end of the Anopoli plateau in the southwest of the island. The gorge is about 7 kilometres long and its impressive walls are almost vertical in many places. The walk through the gorge takes about 3 hours, a trekking route of medium difficulty. Numerous trees and endemic plants grow in the watercourse and on the high walls, while wild goats, other small mammals and many endangered bird species nest in the cliffs.

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The Katholiko Gorge

If the thermometer shows no more than 25 degrees, a hike of about two to three hours from the monastery Gouverneto down to the abandoned rock monastery Katholiko and then through the gorge of the same name to the sea is one of the most beautiful experiences in the west of Crete. The beautiful gorge is no longer than 1 km long and flows into a small bay with a stony shore.

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