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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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  • 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 »
  • A very nice and impressive ride, feels little deep gorges. The ride isn't the hardest even if certain passage are somewhat complicated, ca is very good... arriving at the end you can take the path on the right and down the road (about 3 / 4 h), we crossed only 2 car and we stroll among the olive trees. Great to do
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  • 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.
  • An excellent hike, but be careful of rock falls especially in windy weather
  • 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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  • Excellent souteska. Misty narocne.
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  • Great Canyon. You need to gently climb on rocks, quite unprepared people will not. You can go from the bottom to the top, and return along the highway. Strong wind may drop stones on the top, it is unsafe.
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