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Agia Irini gorge

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.

Description of the trail

The trail leading through the gorge is relatively easy to walk and well marked. A large part of it runs along a comfortable gravel path. In a few places there are slightly more rocky sections running through the gravel area, but their passage should not be a problem even for less advanced hikers. In fact, all you need to do to walk this trail is good will.

Agia Irini - the beginning of the trail


The beginning of the walking path is on the southern outskirts of Agia Irini. Right in front of the sign that marks the beginning of this small village, there is a concrete bay that is a stop for the KTEL bus. There is also an intersection in the same place with a clearly marked steep exit leading to a free car park. The ticket office is located in a small stone building deep in the square, where you can buy admission tickets. This place can be considered the right beginning of the trail leading through the Agia Irini gorge.


Agia Irini - A dry stream

What can be noticed in the first place is the peace of this place and the abundance of vegetation that dominates here. If the beginning of your trip to this gorge falls in the early morning hours, you may also feel the very distinct chill that prevails here at this time of the day. While walking at the beginning of the trail, the murmur of water flowing in the stream running along the path may also draw your attention. Unfortunately, at the height of the summer season, this nice sound will not stay with you for too long. The water flowing in the ravine very quickly hides under the rocky bottom, leaving only traces of the dried stream bed.


At this stage, the path through the thicket of oleanders growing on the slopes of the gorge is very wide and comfortable. It is only between the first and the second kilometer that the surroundings of the trail change significantly. It is dominated by a pine forest, characteristic for Crete, growing on steep slopes. Over the next several hundred meters, the path descends steeply, leading along very picturesque serpentines. If you've been to the Samaria Gorge before, you may have the right associations with Xyloskalo.

Agia Irini - steep descent


Further on, the Agia Irini gorge shows the full spectrum of landscapes that you can find in other places of this type. You will have the opportunity to admire steep rock walls or majestic sandbanks creating vast slopes covered with rock rubble.

The final stage of the trail through the Agia Irini gorge is by far the least attractive part of this trip. A relatively narrow path runs along a small ravine densely covered with greenery. At its end you will find a signpost leading to the Oasis tavern, which we describe below. This place can be considered as the actual end of the Agia Irini Gorge trail.


What to take with you

It is definitely worth taking an adequate supply of water with you. At the time when we were crossing the gorge, some of the water intakes there were not functioning. However, it is worth remembering, especially if you are going to cross this gorge when arriving by morning bus, that a large part of the route you cover will be in the shade. The sun will only operate on you with full intensity in the lower part of the gorge. So overloading yourself with too much water is not necessary. A bottle holding about 1.5 liters for one person will be quite a spare.


It is not necessary to take trekking poles, especially as we wrote

before that, the trail is relatively easy. It is worth noting, however, that they will not bother you, so if having them will make your journey easier, you can of course take them.

Agia Irini - stop

Traditionally, as with most hiking trails in Crete, we recommend that you use appropriate footwear. In our opinion, solid trekking sandals are the absolute minimum. Personally, however, due to the sharp gravel that covers the trail in places, we recommend the use of covered shoes. Various types of low trekking and approach shoes or sports shoes with a solid sole will be perfect.

In the lower part of the trail and at later times, it is also worth taking care of adequate protection against the sun. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen will certainly be useful.



The Agia Irini gorge can be quite a windy place. On such days, usually much less tourists come here. In the words of the owner of the Oasis tavern, this is due to the fact that strong winds raise concerns about an increase in the amount of loose stones falling off the rock walls of the gorge. Despite the fact that our trip was on such a windy day, personally we did not notice that it increased this type of risk.

Agia Irini - the end of the trail

Oasis Tavern

A nice touch ending your stay in the Agia Irini gorge is the Oasis tavern at the end of the trail. The relaxed climate and pleasant atmosphere make it worth spending even a moment here regenerating after trekking. If you feel hungry, in the local menu you will find a selection of several local dishes and specialties. Of course, the Oasis serves a tasty juice made of freshly squeezed oranges and frappe. On site, you can also buy a number of local products, such as olive oil or honey collected from apiaries located in the surrounding mountains.

Agia Irini - Oasis Tavern

It is also worth knowing that if the next destination of your trip is Sougia, you can also order a taxi in the Oasis tavern, which will take you for about 10 € (maximum 3-4 people) to this town. We recommend that you use this option, because the rest of the road towards the coast runs along the asphalt road. It is not particularly interesting and its passage is a relatively small attraction - especially when it will be covered in full sun.


Organization of the trip

This trip is not difficult to organize, especially for people whose accommodation will be in Souga or Paleochora. In the case of both towns, access to the gorge is possible using the KTEL bus, which runs to the Samaria Gorge in the morning. When buying a ticket, just declare that your destination is Agia Irini. The cost of the ticket for the journey from Paleochora is about € 4.70, while from Sougia the cost of the journey is about € 3.20

Agia Irini - access by KTEL bus

Being in Sougia, you can take advantage of several additional courses in the afternoon at 12:30, 14:15 and 18:15. These courses can also be a pretty good choice for all those who want to explore the Agia Irini gorge by taking a rental car from another part of Crete. In this case, it is enough that after passing the gorge you will reach the town of Sougia, and then you will take a KTEL bus ride, which will take the afternoon course to Agia Irini, the point where you left your car and started your journey through the gorge.




Of course, the above options do not completely cover the spectrum of access to this gorge. People staying in Chania may also be tempted to visit this place, from where it is relatively easy to get to Agia Irini. You just need to take one of the buses that run to Sougia .

Regardless of which option you choose, always check if the bus route is being carried out. Depending on the season, the frequency of a given call may change. Sometimes it also happens that outside the tourist season, some or even all of the courses on some KTEL routes are suspended.

A quite popular way to implement this trip is also to get to Agia Irini with your own car, which you can leave in the parking lot described above at the ticket office. Finish the trail in the Oasis tavern, where you can order a taxi to return to Agia Irini. The cost of such a trip in recent years has been around 35 € - the car takes up to 4 people. Of course, you can also come back on foot, crossing the gorge in the other direction. It also has its advantages because when you walk the path in the opposite direction, you notice completely different elements of the landscape. If you choose this method of return, you also need to reserve an appropriate amount of time.

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