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Sarakina Gorges, Mirtos

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Hike through narrow Sarakina Gorges, featuring rich vegetation, colorful stone walls, a gurgling river, and several ponds ideal for a cooling dip. The gorge is 1.5 km (0.9 mi) long, but just 3 m (10 ft) wide at its narrowest point, with walls rising up to 150 m (492 ft). Legend has it that a giant who lived in the area got thirsty and when he bent down to drink from the river, his beard cut through the mountains and created the canyon. Though the hike is not extremely challenging, it still includes a lot of time walking through the stream and over slippery rocks. You might also have difficulty finding the entrance into the gorge on your own. If you don’t feel confident exploring the gorge on your own, join an organized group. Arrange your visit to Sarakina Gorges and discover more family-friendly attractions in Mirtos using our Mirtos itinerary builder.
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  • Sarakinu we went through during the last years several times, but each time was different. For the first time virtually dried up, so that the whole problem was not her pass, but with each passing year as its passage would be harder and harder. Once there was so much water that we sometimes have her tits. Stones are also often under pressure of water during the spring melting of the repackaged so that it is not always the same Sarakina. There are several heavy jobs that can pass, but it is necessary to spend a lot of effort. Fast-drying shoes are suitable for water.
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  • Challanging climb 2 days after a heavy rain, 9 from 11 people returned as it was too difficult to them. During dry season it might be OK. But one of the nicest gorges in Crete.  more »
  • It's spectacular, but you can't get far into the gorge without either wading the stream or climbing over some very large boulders using carved out hand and foot-holds (and even a dead tree as a ladder...  more »
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  • Worth IT! But a request to the government to add the map at the entrance ... We was lost in there.. we had no idea where this end. We walked more than we had to. After a while we used our phone internet and we found a nearest road to walk back to entrance and to our car. That's why the 3 starts.
  • Beautiful george. All 7 people enjoyed much.
  • An excellent hike, but be careful of rock falls especially in windy weather
  • Visited this place twice. First time, end of june 2014 and the stream had water all the way down to a small man-made reservoir. Second time, beginning of september 2016 and there was no water for good 40 minutes up the stream. Also, that time we had the whole gorge for ourselves, we did not meet a single person. Both times utterly enjoyable.
  • Incredibly beautiful Canyon. Have climbing through a two-meter high stones. A bit extreme, because there is a chance the rockfall.
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