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Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Plakias

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 200 reviews on the web
The Kourtaliotiko Gorge, also known as the Asomatos Gorge, is a gorge on the southern side of the western part of the island of Crete. It is situated where the Kourtaliotiko River flows southwards between the mountains of Kouroupa and Xiron.The village of Koxare is at the northern end of the gorge. A road runs north to south through the gorge connecting Koxare to Asomatos; it then leads west, to the town of Plakias on the southern coast of Crete.There is a small church (Agios Nikolaos) in the gorge and a 40-metre-high waterfall.The cliffs on the side of the gorge provide a roosting site for the Lammergeier vulture.There is a specific point on the gorge, about 20 metres from the northern entrance, some "claps" can be heard, like hands coming together. These "claps" are the "kourtala", that give the name to the gorge. These are a consequence of the wind being funnelled through the high caves of the gorge and breaking the sound barrier. The point near the northern entrance is the main point where this sound can be heard.
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  • During our travels, Samaria Gorge was closed due to landslide. And we started looking for what would be another place to visit. And by the way it came across the Gorge. First of all, it is worth noting that it all is well equipped for tourists. There is parking for cars, convenient steps and observation platforms. You can easily descend to the center of the Valley, take pictures and watch the mountain goats. Along the Gorge, there are a few small churches. Cons-go along the Gorge of the pipe. It seems that with the river pull water. Also a little farther worth pumping station. This somewhat spoils appearance of this magnificent place.
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  • We stopped in this canon. Down 250 steps to the bottom and as for back. Sports my faith... but my view of the canon of kourtaliotis. Pass by without stopping would be a crime. We did so the ascent and the descent. Ouzo can compensate for the effort. It was superb! We'll be back!
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  • I wonder how come "wind" is the word most used in the reviews that describe the Kourtaliotiko Gorge! We added at other stages of the journey after reading the reviews on trip Advisor but when we went to investigate found that the name comes from the sound of the wind with channeling in the throat and breaking the sound barrier. Actually, pausing in the clearing on the left coming from the inside, as you enter the Gorge, the wind is so strong that make it difficult to open and close the doors of the machine (and we were there on a day in general little sucker!). We left our car just beyond the entrance to the staircase leading to the Church and got a walk, not easy, until the middle of the throat or a little more. In this location we could admire some waterfalls and a wild and impressive that make the Kourtaliotiko Gorge one of the nicest things you can visit during your trip in Crete. The path at the bottom of the canyon is not easy: even if the stream was largely dry we had to make several pieces by jumping from rock to rock. To give you an idea of how long requires a visit we say that in a few hours we went down to the bottom, we made a good stretch along the dry riverbed and returned back. A must see! p.s. If you have already been to the Gorge of Samaria, consider that two things are quite different: that is much more varied, beautiful and impressive but also very very tiring!
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  • Beautiful. Truly scenic. You feel like your walking in the footsteps of Zeus. Several great panorama/pic opportunities.
  • After 16 years of Cretan holidays the drive through the gorge still takes my breath away. First timers should always approach from the north to get the full effect. Watch you hats if it's windy
  • Great experience and a unique road to drive through
  • This description/tag is wrong...this is not Kotsifos Gorge. This is Kourtaliotis Gorge.. Kotsifos Gorge is from the west side and is between the villages of Myrthios and Selia on the road for Kali Sykia village.
  • Amazing place
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