Sarakina Gorges, Mirtos

#24 of 91 in Outdoors in Lasithi Prefecture
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. Plan your Sarakina Gorges visit and explore what else you can see and do in Mirtos using our Mirtos trip planner .
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  • In may it need to swim through, as well as Gorge Patsos, water about one and a half meters. Judging from those who have been there in the fall, without water, it is much easier, but I think much less fascinating and beautiful. With children under the age of 7-8 do not recommend. You can get, of course, not only the car:) I travel by bus and on foot, from Mirtosa is not so far, circular route turned out to be about 15 kilometers, and since the Valley and from it you go on the road, nothing complicated in it.
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  • Very good recreation and excursion to visit this Gorge. Spectacular and impressive stones, rocks, washed by the waters of the Canyon. The amighty one can either take a long time for the occupant has all the stones and kanyonba, if you're adventurous hikers:) It is recommended that instead of closed shoes, slippers or sandals. We first went to the Gorge If deep, but there is unfortunately not possible to walk into (the hegymászós), so also we have here, which is much nicer and has provided an unforgettable experience! Who is this, take some time, because it is very worth it!
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  • on the Libyan coast of Crete, just a few kilometres from Ierapetra, there is this canyon of about one and a half kilometres in length, a must for lovers of trekking. in August, unfortunately the Creek is dry and you can admire the waterfalls, but this allows at least navigate a little less challenging. on some guide books is called "a hike for the whole family" ... eye!!! some passages are quite challenging without the right shoes and in my opinion is not a smooth path for children. but the show really pays off. ..
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