Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Richtis Gorge

Richtis - direction indicator

Going deep into the Richtis Gorge ( Φαράγγι του Ρίχτη ) located near the town of Exo Mouliana, it is hard not to resist the impression that it enters a land completely different from the rest of Crete. The abundance of water and shade mean that even at the peak of the tourist season, this place is full of lush vegetation. So obvious rust colors dominate in other places of Crete, here they are completely absent, because their place replaces juicy greenery.

Green land

Although most people (including us) leave their cars in a small parking lot located on the National Road, the proper and most interesting part of the trail starts only from the moment of passing under a small stone bridge from the 19th century. A little interesting earlier part of the trail leads along a local road covered with a concrete surface. If you want to save yourself from going back to the parking lot, we recommend that you take the car to the previously mentioned bridge, which is a kind of gate to this ravine.

Richtis - a stone bridge from the 19th century

Initially, a fairly wide path runs alongside small "allotments" gardens located on terraces located just above the bottom of the ravine. Year-round access to the water means that local Cretans are happy to grow here various types of vegetables and fruits.

In the further part the trail becomes narrower and narrower to eventually take the form of a narrow path winding among the high bushes. Sharp climbers every now and then hooks on clothes make the walk a bit difficult. Transitions disappearing among the vegetation intensify the impression that this place is not very often visited by tourists. Orientation in the field is not facilitated by not very visible old signposts, on which the inscriptions have long been obliterated by time.

The rest of the trail is just as uncertain. In a few places even quite perceptive people may have problems with setting the direction of the road. It is worth looking out for red dots that help in orientation.

In the middle part of the ravine you can find the remains of ancient water mills. Among the walls are still visible stone quarries with which cereal grains were ground. Although today the remains of the buildings are heavily damaged and seem to be simply absorbed by nature, it is easy to imagine that even a few decades ago these places were often visited by local Cretans.

Richtis - trail


In places, the path is a bit distant from the bottom of the ravine and climbs steeply onto its walls, forcing the necessity of not always easy climbing. In this part of the trail it is worth to watch out for slippery, wet stones, on which it is not difficult to lose balance. In the most inaccessible places of the gorge there are iron stairs, which allow further passage.

Just before reaching the destination, the gorge definitely opens, and on its wide bottom the stream creates a series of picturesque backwaters. The drowsy flowing water is directed towards the further part of the ravine, where after a few minutes of walk you can hear the sound of falling water. From the waterfall, or the purpose of this trip, we are only separated by a steep descent leading up the stairs built of wooden beams. Although the sophisticated design does not look too safe, it allows you to safely descend down the slope.

Richtis - wooden stairs

Interestingly, although this gorge gives the impression of little available, however, at the bottom we stumbled upon several Greek tourists. Some of them took a bath in a small pool located at the foot of a waterfall. Crystal clear and even ice-cold water makes it a very refreshing experience. The smiles on our faces and on the faces of the tourists we meet give a clear signal that the waterfall is a sufficient reward for the effort devoted to the passage of this trail. Now we have only the way back up.

Tired of the last stage of the trail leading to the parking lot, we come to the unanimous conclusion that leaving the car at the bridge (as did the Greeks) would not be a bad idea.

Easy difficult trail

When you search for information about this trip, you can find a lot of very different opinions.Some say that the Richtis waterfall trail is a child's walk. Other people are of the opinion that the trail is disproportionately difficult in relation to the descriptions found on the internet. These controversies are largely due to the fact that access to the waterfall is possible from two different points. People describing a simple trail are tourists who overcome the path leading from the beach. This is definitely an easier and less spectacular episode, the transition of which should not cause major problems.


The above description is given by us regarding the route through the upper part of the Richtis ravine. It is difficult to clearly determine its level of difficulty. Most of the initial road is knowledgeable through a relatively easily accessible area. Only the second half preceding the access to the waterfall can be a challenge. Clicking places requires some cunning and climbing on the stone slopes. Certainly it is not a route for people who have walking problems or those who have obvious physical deficiencies.

A considerable problem of this route is also the relatively bad marking of the path. In places, finding a further way requires considerable attention and perceptiveness. It is difficult to guard against erring into places from which further path is impossible.

What to take

When setting off on this trail, it is definitely worth to wear suitable footwear. In our opinion, strong trekking sandals are a real minimum. For your own comfort and safety, it is worth choosing covered footwear with a properly strong sole that sticks well to the ground.

However, it is not worth taking trekking poles with you. First of all, the trail is definitely too narrow for their use, and secondly, in a few places the transition requires the use of hands, so you will need your hands free. Trekking poles in this case will only be an unnecessary obstacle.

A headgear protecting against strong sunbeams is only useful in case. when you leave the car in the upper parking lot. The lower part of the trail almost leads along a path led in the shade of trees.

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Interesting places on Crete

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Malia
Malia

Malia

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Kritsa

Kritsa

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Lasithi
Lasithi

Lasithi

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Dikte Cave
Dikte Cave

Dikte Cave

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Panagia Kera
Panagia Kera

Panagia Kera

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Stalida
Stalida

Stalida

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Gorge Ha
Gorge Ha

Gorge Ha

Most people crossing the route between Agios Nikolaos and Ierapetra will definitely notice the large crack which is marked by the mountain located east of this road. This majestic geological creation called Ha was probably created as a result of an earthquake.

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Xerokambos
Xerokambos

Xerokambos

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Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos

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Elounda
Elounda

Elounda

Although Elounda seems to be a sleepy fishing town to this day, however, appearances should not fool you, because this town and its surroundings can boast of probably the largest number of the best hotels.

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Elounda
Elounda

Elounda

Although Elounda seems to be a sleepy fishing town to this day, however, appearances should not fool you, because this town and its surroundings can boast of probably the largest number of the best hotels.

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Stalida
Stalida

Stalida

Stalida is located directly along the coast and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Crete, which definitely comes alive with the advent of the tourist season

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Lato
Lato

Lato

The ancient city of the LATO can be found near the charming village of Krista near Agios Nikolaos.

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Gournia
Gournia

Gournia

It is recognized that Gournia was inhabited between 3000 BC. 1,200 BC and is one of the few cities unearthed to a large extent.

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Zakros
Zakros

Zakros

Zakros is the fourth-largest Minoan palace in Crete in importance and size. This latest found, built on the east coast of the island is located in the village of Káto Zákros.

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zakros
zakros

zakros

Zakros is the fourth-largest Minoan palace in Crete in importance and size. This latest found, built on the east coast of the island is located in the village of Káto Zákros.

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Palace in Malia
Palace in Malia

Palace in Malia

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Moni Toplou
Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou

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Moni Toplou
Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou

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Mochlos
Mochlos

Mochlos

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Vai
Vai

Vai

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Spinalonga
Spinalonga

Spinalonga

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Trypitos
Trypitos

Trypitos

When heavy equipment entered the promontory near Sitia, no one expected that this area contained the ruins of the Hellenic city.

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Richtis
Richtis

Richtis

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Chamaizi
Chamaizi

Chamaizi

At the top of a cone-shaped hill called Souvloto Mouri, the remains of an unusual building with a unique oval shape were discovered.

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Moni Toplou Winery
Itanos
Itanos

Itanos

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Roussolakos
Roussolakos

Roussolakos

Just over 2 km from Palekastro, next to Chiona beach, there is a large archaeological site called Roussolakos

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Roussolakos
Roussolakos

Roussolakos

Just over 2 km from Palekastro, next to Chiona beach, there is a large archaeological site called Roussolakos

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Ierapetra
Ierapetra

Ierapetra

Ierapetra (Ιεράπετρα) is the fourth largest city of Crete and also the largest town located in the Lassithi prefecture.

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Diaskari - Green Beach
Diaskari - Green Beach

Diaskari - Green Beach

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Koufonissi - cruise to the island
Koufonissi - cruise to the island

Koufonissi - cruise to the island

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Makry Gialos
Makry Gialos

Makry Gialos

Makry Gialos is one of the less-appreciated tourist destinations in Crete.

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Sitia
Sitia

Sitia

Less than 10,000 population of Sitia makes the city the smallest in Crete. Some even go a step further and say perversely that it is rather the largest village of Crete.

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Napoleon's house
Napoleon's house

Napoleon's house

Napoleon's house is one of the few typically tourist attractions in Ierapetra. About what could have happened here in the summer of 1798 and possibly how much in this legend is the truth we write in the article on the page below.

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Zakros and Kato Zakros
Zakros and Kato Zakros

Zakros and Kato Zakros

Zakros is a small town on the east coast of Crete, less than 40 km south-east of Sitia.

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Komentarze

 Sylwia Pstrągowska
Sylwia Pstrągowska
2016-01-24 18:49:21

Pięknie tam jest.

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 CRETE - Kreta
CRETE - Kreta
2016-01-24 18:53:20

Zdecydowanie :). Na pewno warto zobaczyć, zupełnie inne miejsce od większości atrakcji znajdujących się na Krecie.

 Ala Cybulska
Ala Cybulska
2017-10-18 18:18:31

Moim zdaniem to najpiękniejsze miejsce na Krecie :)

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 Olga Szymczyk
Olga Szymczyk
2017-10-18 18:28:16

Byłam tam m-c temu.Super miejsce

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 Joanna Chmielewska
Joanna Chmielewska
2017-10-18 18:41:11

Niesamowite miejsce warte odwiedzenia. Polecam bardzo gorąco

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 Katarzyna Brzozowy
Katarzyna Brzozowy
2017-10-19 09:13:02

W finale to czeka nas morze :-)......wodospad to polowa trasy :-)

 Joanna Chmielewska
Joanna Chmielewska
2017-10-19 09:27:32

Zależy jaką opcję się wybierze

 Barbara Nowicka
Barbara Nowicka
2017-10-19 06:05:45

i mam kolejny powód aby wrócić ;) Uwielbiam kreteńskie wąwozy. St. Antonio na razie nr. 1 :D

 Katarzyna Brzozowy
Katarzyna Brzozowy
2017-10-19 09:10:54

Bylismy tam...:-).....jeden z najcudowniejszych momentow :-)

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 Katarzyna Brzozowy
Katarzyna Brzozowy
2017-10-19 09:11:47

Marcin Brzozowy :-)

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Dariusz Szafraniec}
Dariusz Szafraniec
2019-04-12 12:52:54

kolejne miejsce do zobaczenia

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gość PiotrWie
2019-04-12 13:34:57

Też planujemy na ten wyjazd - chyba ze po deszczach będzie nie do przejścia.

 gość}
gość PiotrWie
2019-04-23 20:46:10

Byliśmy dziś w wąwozie Richtis. Po deszczach jest wysoki poziom wody i pomiędzy mostem a wodospadem jest naprawdę trudno trzeba mocno kombinować by przekraczać strumień. Miejscami kamienie przeznaczone do tego są przykryte 10 centymetrową warstwą wody. Nawet dojście do mostu nie jest takie proste bo kilkudziesięciometrowymi odcinkami woda płynie całą szerokością i jest niebezpiecznie ślisko. Dobrze że chociaż ostatnio dobrze wyznakowano szlak. Za to wodospad jest imponujący.

W ogóle wody jest obecnie bardzo dużo - wczoraj byliśmy na płaskowyżu Katharo i przejście na Lassithi przez wąwóz Havgas jest niemożliwe - całą szerokością wąwozu wali woda.

Piotrek | www.crete.pl
Piotrek | www.crete.pl
2019-04-24 08:39:51

Super, że poprawili oznakowanie szlaku, bo wcześniej bywało z tym różnie. Podziwiam, że mimo takiej ilości wody udało Wam się dojść do wodospadu. Pamiętam, że miejscami nawet w czasie kiedy my byliśmy było dosyć ślisko. W szczególności na tych odcinkach gdzie szlak przechodził w błotnistą ścieżkę (niedaleko ruin dawnych młynów wodnych).

 gość}
gość drozda
2019-04-25 10:24:29

My atakowaliśmy tydzień temu od strony morza , po jakimś kilometrze niestety całą szerokością płynie strumień, ale i tak jest fajnie :)

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Anne Passera: Falasarna et la plage de Zorba en Akrotiri
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gość Grażyna: Tragedia! tysiące kalorii w tym cieście!
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