The Agia Irini gorge, located a short distance from the village of Sougia, is one of the most popular hiking destinations organized in this area of Crete. The approximately 10 km long trail is a great alternative for all of these. who do not want to or cannot afford to cross the Samaria Gorge.
Samaria is one of the places we often devote a place to on our site. This gorge is not without exaggeration is considered one of the biggest attractions of the western part of Crete. Every year in high season it is visited by even over a thousand people a day. Its popularity was influenced not only by the natural beauty of this place, but also by the name of the longest gorge in Europe. Although there is already a guide on our site, in which we described in detail the trip from Paleochora to the Samaria Gorge, we decided to supplement it with an additional article. Below you will find detailed information on how to organize this trip yourself from some of the more important towns of central and western Crete.
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.
Samaria is one of the most important tourist attractions located in the western part of Crete. In addition to such places as Balos and Elafonissi beaches or the extremely charming oldest part of the city of Chania, the gorge is one of the stronger magnets attracting tourists to this area of the island.
Going deep into the Richtis Gorge near Exo Mouliana, it's hard not to resist the impression that you enter 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.
The total length of the trail leading through this place is about 8 kilometers, during which the difference in altitude is about 600 m. Organizing a trip to the ravine is not too difficult or requires too complicated planning. If you have a rental car, you can definitely opt out of buying a trip sold by local travel agencies.
The Kourtaliotiko gorge (Greek: Κουρταλιώτικο Φαράγγι), also known as the Asomatos gorge (Greek: Φαράγγι Ασώματου), is perhaps one of the most spectacular natural attractions available in the central part of Crete. The total length of this ravine is about 3 kilometers. Its majestic walls are separated by Sucha Góra (904 m high) and Kouroupis mountain (984 m above sea level). At the climax point, the steep walls of the gorge are over 600 meters high.
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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. The total length of the ravine is just over 1.5 km. Despite the fact that it is so perfectly visible, it still remains one of the wildest nooks in Crete. A few-meter rocky steep that forms the mouth of this gorge, effectively deters most visitors. Only people who have knowledge about climbing and having the necessary climbing equipment will be able to fully enjoy the beauty of this place.