The gorges of Crete


Prefecture of Lasithi

Kritsa Gorge:

Wild and difficult, 13 km long, narrowing to 1.5 m in places. more information

Sarakinas Gorge

You can only walk in summer, duration about 2 hours , more information

Nekron Canyon

From  Ano Zakros to Kato Zakros in eastern crete, named after the graves in the gorge More Information

Red Butterfly

About 20 km in the east of Ierapetra near the village Koutsoura.  More Information

 Pefki Schlucht

In southwest of crete, from village Pefki down to Makrogyalos. Mehr Info


about 3,5 kmlong, 2 hours both ways, easy.  In the southeast of crete, near monastery of kapsa,

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Prefecture of Heraklion

Rouwas Schlucht

Near the village of  Zaros, ca 6 km, 2 hours walk   More information.  .

Tipp:Eat a trout at the lake  ( see in the directory tavernas )

Agio Farango Schlucht

with the car towards south from Matala to Kati Limenes. More Information

Wasserfall Canyon

 near  Plora, southcrete. More Information

Tripiti Schlucht

in Südkreta richtung Lentas. Mehr Info

Astrakiano Schlucht

South of Heraklion, near by  Skalianos. More Information

Aposselemi Schlucht

ca. 23 km östlich von Iraklion bei Kato Gouves. Mehr Info

Midia Schlucht

10 km östlich von Iraklion, erreichbar über die neue Nationalstrasse. Mehr Info




Prefecture of Rethymnon


Kourtaliotiko Ravine

A beautiful, wooded gorge, through which the Kourtaliotis River flows to the Libyan Sea. It begins near the village of Koxare and ends near the Monastery of Preveli, at Finikas. This is one of the finest landscapes on Crete. more information


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also called Agios Antonios

Prasies (Prasiano Farangi)

Galliano Gorge

unknown beauty near the campus of university ofrethymnon. more information

Mily gorge,

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Prefecture of Chania


This is the longest and most beautiful of the Cretan gorges. The entrance to the gorge lies 1227 metres a.s.l. at XYLOSKALO. The footpath passes two springs and later follows the river bed through a beautiful forest. After 4 km, walkers arrive at the church of Ay. NIKOLAOS - surrounded by forest – near the old settlement of SAMARIA. The path continues to follow the river bed, which is partly dried up, and descends to the PORTES, the narrowest point in the gorge. The walk ends in Ayia ROUMELI, where the beach invites you to go for a refreshing swim. This is also the point of departure for the lazy tour: you arrive from CHORA SFAKION by boat und walk up the gorge to the PORTES. Departure 11.30 from Chora Sfakion.

Buses bring walkers back from Chora Sfakion to the north coast.

The gorge is home to a rich fauna und flora.  Many species are endemic to Crete, e.g. the griffon vulture and lammergeyer (Gypaetus barbatus); the Cretan wild goat or AGRIMI is famous. The region was declared a NATIONAL PARK in 1962 and later designated a particularly protected region of the Mediterranean by UNESCO.



Imbros Gorge

An easy walk of 7 km, from Imbros to the Libyan Sea. In some places it is only 2 m wide and the walls are up to 300 m high.  An impressive natural landscape; the stream bed gives an indication of the volume of water which surges through the gorge in the winter. The highlight is constituted by two s-shaped narrow passages, washed out from the rock and resembling a bobsleigh track. Taxis are waiting at the end of the gorge to bring you back to Imbros, where you should definitely sample the ‘Sfakianes pites’. There is a bus connection from Chania to Chora Sfakion. more information



Sirikari  - Polyrrinia, about 3 hours, Nature Park. The walk is difficult. It begins around 2 km before the village of Sirikari near a large church. The descent into the valley, down to the stream-bed, is steep. There is a place to rest but no water on the route. A wonderful nature walk, under trees which provide shade.   

Tip: The village of Polyrrinia is worth an extra excursion.



1 km from Rokkas.The entrance is next to the villa of Mr. Maris. Rich plant and flower diversity.



2 km from Malathiros to Mouri. Stone arched bridge, small cave through which a stream flows.


Ayia Irini

 The entrance is to the south of the village of Ayia Irini, on the road to Epanochori. 7.5 km long, required walking time 3 – 4 hours. The gorge is only 10 m wide in some places, and the walls reach a height of up to 500 m. It offers a beautiful alternative - or additional experience - to the Samaria Gorge. It leads almost without a break through forest, along a stream bed. With the exception of a few places, the walk is easy. There are two spots to rest in the gorge, with water and toilets. There are tavernas at the entrance and exit to the gorge. Bus connection from Souyia to Chania.



A wild, romantic gorge, 6 km long. It connects Chania with the village of the same name. It is a favourite leisure destination of the people of Chania, with fine tavernas. During the struggle for Cretan Independence, the headquarters of Eleftherios Venizelos were located here. There is a small war museum.



From Anopolis to Marmaras Bay, 4.5 km long, demanding, required walking time 3 – 3  ½ hours.  Surely one of the most attractive gorges on Crete. A swim in the bay is the reward for your efforts. Take a taxi from Chora Sfakion to Anopolis. Down on the shore, you can walk or go by boat to Loutro, from where you can take the ferry to Chora Sfakion. In the summer, there is bungy-jumping from the iron bridge over the gorge at Anopolis.

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4 km from Katsomatados to Topolia, 1.5 km long,  with steep walls of up to 300 m in height. It contains numerous cave-like hollows. The gorge is wild and magnificent, and you can hear your own echo there. Visit the cave church of Ayia Sofia, too.

Tip: Taverna in Katsomatados




Near Keramia, and Stylos. The gorge is difficult to walk because of numerous jagged rocks, over which you have to climb. However, the natural landscape of the gorge makes the effort worthwhile.  The gorge does not run to the sea, but from west to east.  

Tip: Walk down the gorge from the top to the bottom and enjoy a rest in Stylos, a village with abundant water.  



An easy walk, duration 1 hour. Approach via Voukolies on the road to Paleochora and then go on to Fotakado, a little hamlet untouched by tourism. From there, proceed via Palaea Roumata to Vavouledo. The path begins here, descending along the stream. Nature is untouched in this place and creates its own microclimate, so that walking is ideal, even at the height of summer. Designated rest-places invite you to pause. After around 45 minutes’ walking, the gorge opens out and you now bear off to the right. Along a narrow path, you will reach the first houses of Palaea Roumata. 

Tip: Enjoy authentic Cretan cooking here.