Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Plakias

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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 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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  • August 16, 2017
    Nice walk of about 7 kilometres through a rugged Gorge. Rocks interspersed with small and larger pebbles. Good shoes are necessary. On the path is always to choose among an easier and a more challenging route. Entrance only 3 euros per person.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Unique landscape. Wild mountains. Rare beauty. Wild nature. Continuous winds. When the creator has mood!!!
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  • August 2, 2017
    Came around the brnd on the way to Plakias and saw the gorge for the first time. This is a must visit if you have chance. Natural beauty at its best  more »
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  • May 12, 2017
    Gorgeous place. There's a long footpath that leads to a little chapel at the bottom of the gorge. Beautiful waterfalls and streams. If you're tenacious, you might be able to bathe in the clean clear waters upstream.
  • June 13, 2017
    Beautiful! One of those places where pictures don't do justice to the scale of the place. A car wreck at the bottom of the gorge is a tragic reminder to drive carefully on the winding roads.
  • April 16, 2017
    Impressive Cretan wild beauty.Local people say that high speed of wind causes rocks to profuce strange sounds that you may hear!
  • September 25, 2016
    The road to the gorge have some stunning scenery, be sure to leave your hat's and caps in the car. It's very windy there.
  • August 8, 2016
    When your journey goes along this street, you have to make a stop at this mint location. Its a very windy place, but impressive too.

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