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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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TripAdvisor
  • Excellent hike. Definitely not a walk in the park though. Some climbing of rocks and passing through the water is required. I would advise to walk the Canyon upwards. This is one of those opportunitie...  more »
  • We went there in early May. Other reviewers have made accurate descriptions of this place. We totally agree  more »
  • 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 »
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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.