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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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  • We only had not planned to hike during our holiday in Crete but Sarakina Gorge or Canyon or ride we have been advised by our rental car company. The place is beautiful and the great ride. Should be good shoes, adherent if possible, as with my shoes with smooth soles I had some shots of fright! There is still a bit "climbing" to do, with the last part which repelled me because I'm afraid of the vacuum; an obstacle to 2/3 meters above the ground, not rope or metal grip, however the rock is cut to be able to set foot. Hard to do it alone except for my man to 1 m 85, because we have to "jump" to finish the obstacle, but it has not prevented me to enjoy the ride, on the contrary! :) There was a group with children with us, and they themselves are exploded. In the summer everything was dry. Access right after the village of Mirtos. Not to be missed!
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  • This is a must for people who love a bit of adventure. By walking you can hardly speak, it's really climbing and scrambling. Impressive surroundings so sure occasionally stop to even look up, look around. While walking you can better focus on where you put your feet. Sturdy shoes zinj necessary, but please be advised that you in some places up to knee height (in the guides occasionally up to the Center but that was not the case with us) by the water should be. That was with us just once and we have opted to take off our shoes. If you can't see through the water where you can run, however, this is not an alternative, take water shoes or keep your hiking boots, which are dry again the next day. This is with moments quite strenuous, only fitness and agility are desirable, you should still sometimes solid pieces scrambling, we have several people see return because they do not have a rock hit, On 2 places have my travel partner and I should help each other on a rock, the other pushing up by first one and then the other one with it. Also, what to drink with it, because at the end of the walk, there is no opportunity to have a drink, and you should be along the course back to your car. Descend along the gorge can also but seems to me quite an indication, along the track is a half an hour, but in the Sun, so a CAP, sunglasses and sun cream are also indispensable. (the gap itself is healed time in the shade)
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  • A beautiful walk in the middle of the Gorge of Sarakina, remained very natural and accessible. Attention however to predict good shoes with soles adherent because certain passages are difficult, and require a good physical condition. I wouldn't recommend bringing kids because certain obstacles are dangerous, including one with the tree trunk who has now lost several branches and requires a small climbing session not simple. Access through the villages of Myrthos then itself is relatively clear with parking at the entrance. For the return we chose to go down the road, which is a quiet country road. Choose the path to the right once out of the Gorge.
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  • Nice gorge to hike through.
  • 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.

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