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.

Gorge of St. Nicholas and Rouvas forest

The trail leading through the Samaria Gorge is undoubtedly the most popular trekking in Crete. A trip to this place is eagerly chosen by tourists staying here both from the western part of the island, as well as in the Middle East. No wonder, then, that in the high season the route leading through this place passes even more than a thousand people a day. However, if your hotel is located in central or eastern Crete, we have an equally good alternative for you, interesting especially for those who want to rest from the crowds of tourists.

Departure of Rouvas Gorge

We would like to encourage you to choose Rouvas Gorge as one of your holiday goals. The trail led through this place is, in our opinion, one of the most interesting hiking tours in Crete. An additional advantage is that independent organization of such a trip is relatively uncomplicated and easy. Of course, if you have a rental car.

Gorge of St. Nicholas and Rouvas forest

At the outset, it's worth mentioning that when you look for information about this place, you may come across some names under which it is described. On maps, this gorge will most often be seen as a gorge of St. Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos). This name is a direct reference to the patron of the local monastery located at the southern mouth of the ravine. Sometimes this place occurs under the name Gafaris or as the Zaros gorge. In the article, we will use the equally popular Rouvas name, which refers to the name of the local forest.

Before entering the trail

Although the trail itself is not particularly difficult or demanding, it is nevertheless worth taking care of suitable footwear. In many places the path is covered with loose stones, which in our opinion disqualifies you from entering here in trekking sandals. Approach or trial boots with an appropriate tread are the absolute minimum for a comfortable and safe passage of this ravine.


Rouvas Gorge - trail

There are points on the trail with a fresh water intake, so there is no need to take too much inventory with you. A bottle with a capacity of up to 1.5 liters for two people should be sufficient. For our part, as always, we also encourage you to take fruit juice with you. It's worth having some sweets and other snacks with you, which will provide you with extra energy for your return journey. At the end of the ravine is a beautiful forest glade, which is a good place to rest and to eat a regenerative meal.

This time we recommend you leave your trekking poles at the hotel. Although there are places where you can use their help, however, they will not be needed or will be disturbed for the most part of the trail.

Rouvas Gorge - signs


The trail is well marked and perfectly visible almost all along its length. In many places there are signposts and information boards on which, by means of simple pictograms, further rest places and points with a water intake are marked. Parts of tables are also marked with distances from a given place.

Rouvas - designation

Description of the route

Although the length of this ravine is only 4 km, however, the total distance that you will cover during this trip is much larger and will oscillate around 14 km. The difference in height between the starting point and the final point in the Rouvas forest is about 520m. The proposed route has a route consistent with the section of the E4 route delimited here.

We recommend starting the trip by leaving the car in the car park located in the area of ​​Lake Zaros. Well landscaped, the green area encourages you to take a moment to rest before you set out on the trail. So if you feel such a need after previous driving a car, we recommend taking the opportunity. In this place there is also a good restaurant, which, as part of the regeneration of forces, we suggest to visit, however, on the way back.


Rouvas Gorge - lagoon

Finding yourselfon the southern shore of Lake Zaros, turn east towards a narrow curve. The trail hiding in the shade of the trees circles the lake and then goes north. Climbing gently uphill, you leave the Zaros region. The next stage of the trail is marked with a relatively flat path that traverses the northern slope of the Koudouni mountain. After about a kilometer you will reach the monastery of Agios Nikolaos. This is a very characteristic contemporary building, which due to its size can not be overlooked. Walking from the east and crossing the dry stony bottom of the stream you will enter the right trail leading through the Rouvas gorge.

Rouvas Gorge - Agios Nikolaos monastery


Leaving behind the buildings of Agios Nikolaos monastery, the trail climbs steeply uphill. Be careful, because a seemingly good path is covered with small stones here. It is easy to slip on them or worse, which unfortunately we had the opportunity to see with our own eyes.

Defeating the next few hundred meters of the trail, you will again cross its bottom, and then you will enter the opposite slope. In the distance you will see a characteristic steep rock cliff. Arriving at its foot, the trail turns almost 180 degrees and connects with the gravel road leading to the south. Walking about 150 meters, you should look for wooden signposts that will indicate the rest of the trail.

Rouvas Gorge - rock cliff


The right path is to the right of the road. Steadily climbing up the mountain slowly turns back to the northeast. Going above the cliff you passed earlier, you'll come to one of the amazing viewpoints on this trail. A bench hidden in the shadow of a tree seems to be almost suspended above the abyss. It is worth taking a moment of rest in this place, enjoying the beautiful panorama of Messara, located in the south, and the previously covered section of the gorge.


Rouvas Gorge - trail

The next steep stage will take you to one of the most spectacular places of this gorge. Although the narrowing here is not as spectacular as the Iron Gate in Samaria, it also makes an impression. The interesting path leads to the sloping platform. The rock overhang in this place does not leave too much room for the head and forces you to make a deep slope. At the top of the breakneck section there is an entrance to the bridge. Going on it (on a windy day) you can expect a very strong wind here. The narrowing of the ravine causes that the power of each gust is multiplied.

Rouvas - bridge on the trail


After going to the other side, the trail overcomes another interesting wooden bridge, and then climbs steeply on the opposite slope. At this stage, the nature of the ravine is clearly changed. The pine forest thickens to create a pleasant shadow in which the trail is hidden. In the air, you can feel the pine smell.

The next part of the road is a relatively comfortable path, which runs on a rocky ledge. The trail away from the bottom of the ravine gives you the opportunity to enjoy the amazing views. In the summer, at the bottom you can see a dry riverbed, which is covered with a yellow mineral sediment.


Even at the peak of the summer season, on the last stretch of the trail, you may come across flowing water. Most likely, however, it will be a rivulet, lazily flowing between stones. In several places, the trail crosses the bottom of the ravine going from one slope to the other.

Las Rouvas - chapel


The end of the trail is surprising with the image of a vast glade, whose lush greenery does not match the typical landscape of Crete. In the shade of the spreading crowns of old trees, there are benches and tables where you can relax and also comfortably refresh yourself. On site you will also find fully functional toilets inalso equipped with washbasins. And although Rouvas is usually quite a peaceful place, it is sometimes loud, crowded and cheerful in this glade. Local Cretans willingly visit this place on the occasion of various types of holidays.


Las Rouvas - green glade

After the rest, there is nothing else you can do to return to the point where you left for this journey. Afternoon passage of the gorge in the opposite direction allows you to look at it in a different, much milder light. It is quite possible that you will be able to see many new details that have previously escaped your eyes.


In our opinion

Rouvas Gorge is one of the most interesting places in this part of Crete. And although in terms of spectacular views can not match Samaria, however, in our opinion it is no less interesting. People who like to walk long distances will probably also be happy that the total distance traveled in the proposed variant is about 14 kilometers.

The advantage of this place is also the large diversity of the area. The different parts of the ravine differ significantly. The interesting trail leads in a perfect way to the changing appearance of this gorge.

Drive

The gorge is located almost in the center of Crete. The relatively good and not very long commute can count both those who are vacationing near Rethymno and Heraklion . A trip to Rouvas Gorge can also be enjoyed by people who spend their leisure time in the Ierapetra area , but in this case it can take up to 2.5 hours to get there by car. A discipline of quite an early departure will be required.

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gość PiotrWie
2018-03-11 20:59:45

My przeszliśmy wąwóz Rouwas dwukrotnie - raz tak jak opisaliście - z żaros w górę i z powrotem, kolejny raz - dotarliśmy do lasu Rouvas z płaskowyżu Nida - była to jedna z ładniejszych tras górskich na Krecie jakie widzieliśmy - i po noclegu na w budynku należącym do tamtejszego zarządu lasów zejście do Zaros. Polecam.

Gosia | crete.pl
Gosia | crete.pl
2018-03-11 21:20:20

Nas ten wąwóz zauroczył, niestety zdjęcia nie są w stanie oddać tych krajobrazów. Naszym zdaniem robi konkurencję oklepanej Samarii.

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gość PiotrWie
2018-03-11 22:14:12

Proponuję przy następnym pobycie na Nidzie odcinek do Ammoudary i z powrotem - nie jest trudny, prowadzi bitą drogą a krajobrazy wokół - super, nam się kojarzyły z księżycowym wąwozem z Sardynii. Odcinek z Ammoudary do Rouvas jest dużo bardziej wymagający - nie ma tam co prawda jakichś trudności technicznych, ale nie ma widocznej ścieżki i znakowanie pozostawia dużo do życzenia - stojąc przy jednym znaku nie widzimy kolejnego więc bez GPS nie bardzo wiadomo w którą stronę go szukać.

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2019-07-12 15:26:27

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