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. 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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  • August 17, 2017
    In August 2017 water in Gorge. In General, in the absence of water, the route of medium complexity-there are a couple of problem areas. First, if you move upwards on Gorge, where you have to climb the rocks in dry korjage. Second, then, where on the right wall of the Gorge carved steps and then not geometria (clearly was once a pen that had been torn away). This second site turned out to be easier to pass on the left side, getting on the big stones. We were at the beach tapkah and slippery sandals, but it would be much easier to go into sports shoes-sneakers or sneakers. There is one really dangerous plot that here nobody writes reviews, and nowhere do not warn. Towards the end of the Gorge the route passes 50 metres on a flat surface between steep rocks. On this site we got under falling rocks. It seemed that it caused the birds nesting on the cliffs, not fact. We were in different places of the land, when they began to pour stones. Fortunately all the ingenious and took refuge under the steep walls. There have been several detection from different sides. Fairly large stones, some the size of a fist. I think, given a decent height result from such stone, for example, in the head, would be sad. Waiting for a pause, we rushed to leave this site. So be careful! After passing the Gorge, ago returned on priming and highway, slightly cutting his on olive grove (on the highway there is a green and Red arrows in the booth). Grove BTW places replete with spiky bushes. Shorts not move very much. Everything, though, of course, without water Gorge loses in entertainment.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Walk relatively feasible but difficult if there is water in dry weather (no water in early August) being quite sporty and careful. Requires having several adults in the group because there are a few passages where he got to stick together. In general, to find a flexible athlete who comes first and who will help others to climb, one that pulls one that grows. If you find other tourists like us who are with you, it creates a group spirit international effect just a survivor kind friendly. Very pretty canyon very impressive and more accessible than the Gorge of Topolia, as long as the Gorge of Samaria. Logistics: To do in the sense of the climb is easier than in the direction of the descent. After the village, Park near the capture station where there is a small parking lot. After throat (a little more than an hour's walk) take the small path that goes up on the right (track making a s) before joining the winding road that takes back you to the starting point. The ride is probably children from 7 years old as long as they are fairly athletic and that there are adults for the aiderlors of the difficult passages. At the end gorges there are a few bowls of water with tadpoles, frogs and crabs under rocks, be very attentive.
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  • August 6, 2017
    These gorges are very nice but not very long. Still a very well signposted walk. It's climbing all along but the rocks are arranged for climbing (strings, holes in the rock to hold on) we do not recommend you to do this with children of less than 12 years because you have to be quite large in size. After the rocks, we arrive on a path and a path. At the end of the latter, it is the road. Once on the road, two solutions: either you all down the road until you reach the parking you get off and you take the path on the right a bit. It will be marked by two arrows including a red. We recommend this activity for those who like more climbing.
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  • May 20, 2017
    Nice gorge to hike through.
  • November 27, 2016
    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.
  • October 8, 2016
    Beautiful george. All 7 people enjoyed much.
  • September 8, 2016
    An excellent hike, but be careful of rock falls especially in windy weather
  • September 17, 2016
    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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