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Aradena gorge

Aradena gorge

The Aradena gorge is one of the deepest and steepest gorges of Crete. Its height is 138 meters and the metal bridge built in order to connect the abandoned Aradena settlement…

Chania Canyons
Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge

The Samaria gorge is one of the largest canyons of Europe and 18 kilometres long. The gorge starts from the Omalos plateau, in Ksiloskalo, and ends to the beautiful…

Chania Canyons
Sfakiano gorge

Sfakiano gorge

One of the many gorges of the Sfakia district is Sfakiano. It is a beautiful gorge that starts 2 kilometers in the east of Chora, from the Niato plateau, near the…

Chania Canyons
Kourtaliotiko gorge

Kourtaliotiko gorge

The imposing Kourtaliotiko gorge starts from the Koksare village of the Rethimno prefecture, about 22 kilometers from Rethimno and ends to the amazing beach of…

Rethimno Canyons
Knosano gorge

Knosano gorge

The Knosano gorge from where the E4 European Path starts is the natural continuation of the Holly Moutain, Giouchtas, in Ano Archanes. The gorge starts from the…

Heraklion Canyons
Gorge of Portela

Gorge of Portela

The gorge of Portela is one of the roughest and most impressive gorges in Crete. Experienced canyoners love it. Portela starts from the Chondros village of the…

Heraklion Canyons
Gorge of Arvi

Gorge of Arvi

One of the most impressive gorges of Crete is that of Arvi, that cuts in the middle the Arvi Mountain and ends to the valley of the Arvi settlement. The gorge can…

Heraklion Canyons
Ampa Gorge

Ampa Gorge

The impressive Ampa gorge is near Pananimfoi, in the Arxanes-Asterousia Municipality. Ampas is known to the locals for its natural beauty that includes also the…

Heraklion Canyons
Gorge of Venerato

Gorge of Venerato

The gorge of Venerato is a very small gorge, 500 meters long and with a natural beauty. The gorge is between Venerato and the Paliani Monastery and 17 kilometers…

Heraklion Canyons
Agios Charalampos gorge

Agios Charalampos gorge

The gorge starts from the small Agios Charalampos church in the south of the Ano Asites settlement. The small gorge is easily accessed, particularly in the summer,…

Heraklion Canyons
Gorge of Agios Nikolaos

Gorge of Agios Nikolaos

The path to the green gorge of Agios Nikolaos with the amazing waterfalls starts from the Zaros Lake and ends to one of the forest of Greece, the Rouvas forest.…

Heraklion E4 Canyons
Gorge of Vorizia

Gorge of Vorizia

The entrance of the gorge of Vorizia is in a dense planted area full of oaks, in the east of Vorizia. The gorge ends to the amazing landscapes of the Nida plateau.…

Heraklion Canyons
Gorge of Eligia

Gorge of Eligia

The entrance of the secured gorge of Eligia is in the dirt road that connects Kapetaniana with the coastal settlement of Agios Ioannis. A few meters before the…

Heraklion Canyons
Gorge of Achentrias

Gorge of Achentrias

The beautiful gorge of Achentrias crosses the Asterousia mountains and reaches the Cretan sea. The Achentrias gorge starts from the settlement of Achentrias and…

Heraklion Canyons
Milonas gorge

Milonas gorge

Milonas gorge is a place you must visit. The gorge is located betweet the settlements of Koutsounari and Ferma, in municipality of Ierapetra. The route is easy…

Lasithi Canyons
Richtis gorge

Richtis gorge

If you want good reasons to visit Sitia, the Richtis gorge will probably be the main reason to organise this trip. It is a small canyon whose beauty has no jealousy…

Lasithi Canyons
Nekroi gorge

Nekroi gorge

The gorge of Nekroi in Zakros is a very beautiful and important archaeologically gorge. Its name (“nekroi” means the dead, in Greek) came from the large number…

Lasithi Canyons
Cha gorge

Cha gorge

One of the most imposing gorges of Crete and the 10 most beautiful gorges of Europe is the Cha gorge. It begins near the Kato Chorio settlement and ends to the…

Lasithi Canyons
Gorge of Sarakina

Gorge of Sarakina

The gorge of Sarakina or Sarantapichos starts from the Mithoi settlement of Ierapetra and ends to the coastal Mirtos settlement. Its entrance is about 16 kilometers…

Lasithi Canyons
Kritsa gorge

Kritsa gorge

The Kritsa gorge is in a very beautiful area. It starts from the north-east side of the Kritsa settlement and ends after about 12 kilometers, to the Tapes village.…

Lasithi Canyons
The healing herbs

The healing herbs

The flora of Crete is very important due to the mild and hot climate. There are 2000 different plant species and 160 of them are indigenous. The large number of…

Crete Cretography
Agiofarago climbing spot

Agiofarago climbing spot

The Agiofarago climbing spot is in the Agiofarago gorge, in the south of the Heraclion prefecture, of Festos municipality. It is the southernmost climbing place…

Crete Climbing
Theriso

Theriso

The picturesque Theriso settlement is on the foot of the Lefka Mountains, 16 kilometers from Chania, in a very green area. In order to visit it, you have to go…

Chania Towns and villages
Sougia

Sougia

The small coastal settlement of Sougia is in the exit of the Agia Eirini gorge, 70 kilometers from Chania. The beautiful beach and the calm holidays could describe…

Chania Beaches
Palaiochora

Palaiochora

Palaiochora is a small coastal town about 70 kilometers in the south-west of Chania, built on a peninsula and between two bays. The settlement is on the ruins of…

Chania Beaches Towns and villages
Omalos

Omalos

The Omalos plateau of Chania is between the imposing tops of the Lefka Mountains (Volakas, Gigilios, Ksiloskalo, Samperos and Psilafi) and 38 kilometers in the…

Chania Plateaus
Loutro

Loutro

The picturesque, coastal Loutro village of the Sfakia province in the Chania prefecture is not related to the heavy tourism, the luxurious hotels and the endless…

Chania Beaches Towns and villages
Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli

The coastal settlment of Agia Roumeli is 58 kilometers in the south of the Chania prefecture, close to Sfakia. Agia Roumeli is the natural end of the Samaria gorge.…

Chania Beaches Towns and villages
Sfakia

Sfakia

The historical Chora Sfakion is in the southern coasts of Crete, 75 kilometers in the south-east of Chania. Sfakia has been always insubordinate and that was also…

Chania Beaches Towns and villages
10. Omalos - Agia Roumeli

10. Omalos - Agia Roumeli

The tenth route of the E4 European long distance Path is about 18 kilometers and lasts 6 hours and 30 minutes. The time it has to be followed is from May to October(due…

Chania E4
9. Sougia - Agia Eirini - Omalos

9. Sougia - Agia Eirini - Omalos

The ninth route of E4 European Long Distance Path is 13,5 kilometers and takes 7 hours and 30 minutes to follow it. The best season of the time to follow it is…

Chania E4
8. Sougia - Koustogerako - Omalos

8. Sougia - Koustogerako - Omalos

The eighth route of the E4 European Long Distance Path is about 24,5 kilometers and lasts 8 hours. It is better to follow it in spring or autumn, it is not a difficult…

Chania E4
6. Agia Roumeli - Loutro

6. Agia Roumeli - Loutro

The sixth route of the E4 European long distance path is about 13 kilometers and lasts 3 hours and 30 minutes. The best time to take it is the whole year and, especially…

Chania E4
5. Sougia - Agia Roumeli

5. Sougia - Agia Roumeli

The fifth route of the E4 European Long Distance Path in Crete is 20 kilometers long and lasts 8 to 9 hours. You should follow it from April to September and the…

Chania E4
4. Palaiochora - Sougia

4. Palaiochora - Sougia

The fourth route of the E4 European long distance Path is about 14,5 kilometers and lasts about 4 and a half hours. The ideal time of the year in order to visit…

Chania E4
3. Elafonisi - Palaiochora

3. Elafonisi - Palaiochora

The third route of the E4 European long distance path is about 22 kilometers and lasts 5 hours. Its best visiting time of the year is spring, summer and autumn.…

Chania E4
Potamoi dam

Potamoi dam

The lake of Potamoi is in the Amari municipality, at the end of the Patsos gorge, in a very green valley with some hillocks next to it. The lake is about 25 kilometers…

Rethimno Lakes
Kourtaliotis River

Kourtaliotis River

The Kourtaliotis River is the most famous in Crete as the Preveli palm forest is near the place where it discharges. Kourtaliotis is called “Megalos Potamos” (i.e.…

Rethimno Rivers
Arkadi monastery

Arkadi monastery

The Monastery of Arkadi combines the natural beauty with its important history and legends. It is about 23 kilometers from Rethimno, in a very green plateau, in…

Rethimno Monasteries
Nida plateau

Nida plateau

Nida is the highest plateau in Crete as it is about 1.450 meters above the sea level and surrounded by the imposing mountains of Psiloreitis. It is a very beautiful…

Rethimno Plateaus
Spili

Spili

Spili is a traditional, mountain settlement of the Agios Vasileios municipality in the Rethimno prefecture. The settlement is built amphitheatrically, on the western…

Rethimno Towns and villages
Sellia

Sellia

Sellia is a village of the Agios Vasileios municipality and the Rethimno prefecture. Its local community is consisted of the settlements of Souda and Plakias. According…

Rethimno Towns and villages
Rodakino

Rodakino

Rodakino is one of the largest villages of the southern Rethimno prefecture. The village is on the foot of the Krioneritis Mountain, above the Rodakino beaches.…

Rethimno Beaches Towns and villages
Preveli

Preveli

Preveli is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the southern Crete as it is very beautiful and exotic. Preveli is in the Rethimno prefecture, 40 kilometers…

Rethimno Beaches
Milliarades

Milliarades

Miliarades of the Viannos municipality is 53 kilometers from Heraklion, on the northern foot of the Koupa hill of the Dikti Mountain, 1188 meters above the sea…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Ano Viannos

Ano Viannos

“Passers-by, when you go to Viannos, don’t walk on graves in order not to be burnt. Brothers were buried there that were fighting for freedom. They killed mothers,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Fourni

Fourni

A walk in the beautiful, man-made small wood next to one of the most important archaeological sites in Crete would be a very good idea. Fourni is on a hill full…

Heraklion Archaeological Areas Forest
Archanes

Archanes

“The other day, the three friends went a trip to a fine village known for its vineyards, about two hours from Kastro. It was on the foot of the Holly Mountain,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Vorizia

Vorizia

The village Vorizia ( Voriza, in the past) is in the southern foot of Psiloreitis, 53 kilometers from Heraclion. Administratively the village is under Zaros of…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Agiofarago

Agiofarago

Agiofarago is one of the most impressive beaches in the Heraclion prefecture due to its imposing rocks that surround it, the pebbly coast and its crystal, emerald…

Heraklion Beaches Canyons
Chondros

Chondros

Chondros is a village of the Viannos municipality and 64 kilometers from Heraclion. The long beaches are a feature of the district. Kastri (where the beach starts),…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Kato Simi

Kato Simi

One of the most beautiful villages of the Viannos municipality, built in a very green area, is the Kato Simi village. Simi has the largest forest in the Heraclion…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Arvi

Arvi

Arvi is a coastal settlement of the Viannos municipality, 80 kilometers from Heraklion and 35 kilometers from Ierapetra. The settlement is in front of a valley…

Heraklion Beaches Towns and villages
Ano Moulia

Ano Moulia

Ano Moulia is a picturesque, mountain village, built amphitheatrically, with a panoramic view to the Mesara plain. The village of the Gortyna municipality is 35…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Spiliotissa monastery

Spiliotissa monastery

The picturesque Panagia Spiliotissa monastery is between Agios Vasileios and Choudetsi and 22 kilometers from Heraclion. In order to reach the monastery, you have…

Heraklion Monasteries
E4 Asites - Profitis Ilias

E4 Asites - Profitis Ilias

The path in the Agios Charalampos gorge is a part of the E4 European long distance route. Following the route, you can go through the impressive Agios Antonios…

Heraklion E4
Kerasia

Kerasia

The Kerasia settlement is built on the eastern sides of the Chalepa hill, 340 meters above the sea level, on the 20th kilometer of the national Heraclion-Mesara…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Venerato

Venerato

Venerato is a village of the Heraclion municipality, 20 kilometers from the Heraclion city. Administratively the district is consisted of Venerato, the Paliani…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Avgeniki

Avgeniki

Avgeniki is a village of the Heraclion municipality, on the 20th kilometer of the Heraclion-Timpaki road. The entrance of the Venerato gorge is near the settlement…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Ano Asites

Ano Asites

Ano Asites is a settlement of the former Malevizi district of the Heraclion municipality. It is a village of a high environmental, cultural and archaeological interest.…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Martsalo

Martsalo

The magnificent and lonely beach of Martsalo lies behind the western Asterousia Mountains, in the Lithino Cape. The bay is near the southern side of Mesara, 80…

Heraklion Canyons Beaches
Votomos

Votomos

The man- made lake, Zaros or Votomos, took its current shape in 1987, after the reformation of the area by the forest inspection. The lake is in the southern edge…

Heraklion Lakes
Zaros

Zaros

The beautiful and interesting town of Zaros is built 45 kilometers from Heraclion and is included in the Festos municipality. It is in the southern foot of the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Agios Savvas

Agios Savvas

The Agios Savvas gorge is one of the most beautiful and imposing gorges of the Asterousia Mountains. Its length is 4 kilometers and, then, it is connected with…

Heraklion Canyons
Tripiti

Tripiti

The Tripiti beach is about 70 kilometers in the south of Heraclion. The area took its name from the Panagia Tripiti church that is built in a cave on the fountains…

Heraklion Beaches
Sokaras

Sokaras

The picturesque village of Sokaras is 50 kilometers from Heraclion between olive trees and fertile vineyards and garden produce of the plain of Mesara. Places of…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Lentas

Lentas

The coastal settlement of Lentas, of the Gortyna municipality, is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Levin ( «Λεβήν»). Lentas is in the southern sides of…

Heraklion Towns and villages Beaches
Koumasa

Koumasa

The small settlement of Koumasa is famous for the imposing gorge of Agios Savvas that starts from the southern side of the village and it is 4 kilometers long.…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Monastery of Koudoumas

Monastery of Koudoumas

The monastery of Koudoumas is very well protected by the imposing Asterousia Mountains, in the south of the cape of Martelos, and by the Libyan sea in the south.…

Heraklion Monasteries
Eligia

Eligia

Eligia is another magnificent and lonely beach of Kapetaniana. Eligia is in the east of Agios Ioannis, in the path that connects the settlement with Koudoumas monastery.…

Heraklion Beaches
Vasiliki

Vasiliki

The Vasiliki village is near the Asterousia Mountains, 260 meters above the sea level and 56 kilometers from Heraclion. The Vasiliki community includes Vasiliki…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Maridaki

Maridaki

The coastal settlement of Maridaki is about 65 kilometers from Heraclion, behind the Asterousia Mountains. The small village is built at the end of the imposing…

Heraklion Towns and villages Beaches
Kounavoi

Kounavoi

Kounavoi, the traditional village of Archanes-Asterousia Municipality, is where the Minoan city of Eltinia was. The settlement dominates in a small plain in the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Ethia

Ethia

One of the most beautiful and traditional Cretan villages of Crete is Ethia in the Archanes-Asterousia Municipality. The village is about 55 kilometers from Heraclion,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Damania

Damania

The small settlement of Damania is about 35 kilometers from Heraclion, built in the Southeastern sides of Ofis hummock and 420 meters above the sea level in the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Paths of Achentria

Paths of Achentria

In the Achentrias settlement, in the Archanes-Asterousia municipality of the prefecture of Heraclion, there are many hiking options. You can either wander in the…

Heraklion Hiking Trails
Achentrias

Achentrias

The picturesque mountainous village of Achentrias is 60 kilometers from Heraclion and 680 meters above the sea level. Administratively, it falls under the Archanes-Asterousia…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Astritsi

Astritsi

In  Kato Vrisi, in Astritsi, someone can find a forgotten part of the paradise. Administratively, Astritsi belongs to the Archanes- Asterousia Municipality,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Astraki

Astraki

Astraki is famous for its beautiful gorge that goes by the same name and it starts from there and also for the old Turkish quarter. The village is from the 12th…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Agies Paraskies

Agies Paraskies

Agies Paraskies is built on a 360-meter hummock with a magnificent view. It is 20 kilometers in the south east of Heraclion and, administratively belongs to the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Plateau of Lasithi

Plateau of Lasithi

The picturesque Oropedio (i.e. plateau, in Greek) of Lasithi is the largest and the most fertile plateau of Crete and one of the most important places of Crete…

Lasithi Plateaus
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

The Preveli Monastery is about 35 kilometers in the south of Rethimno and the famous and beautiful palm forest is next to it. The monastery is in the west of the…

Lasithi Monasteries
Kserokampos

Kserokampos

Kserokampos is one of the most beautiful beaches of the eastern Crete. Kserokampos is a settlement about 48 kilometers from Siteia and 28 kilometers from Palaikastro.…

Lasithi Beaches Towns and villages
Zakros

Zakros

Zakros is one of the most picturesque villages of Crete that combines the natural beauty with the alternative activities and the important archaeological sites.…

Lasithi Towns and villages
Cha climbing spot

Cha climbing spot

The Cha gorge of the Ierapetra municipality and Lasithi prefecture has about 25 descents, slides and jumps. Water dominates and creates many waterfalls and places…

Lasithi Climbing
Mirtos

Mirtos

Mirtos is a picturesque and tourist coastal settlement of the Lasithi prefecture. It is built near the banks of the Krios River, close to the exit of the imposing…

Lasithi Beaches Towns and villages
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