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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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  • The walk down is nice but very easy. Takes around 10 mins one way. The gorge itself is not very accessible by a well indicated path.  more »
  • We drove through the gorge on our way to Preveli Beach and were not disappointed! Spectacular views! Spectacular scenery! Spectacular wind! The wind howls through the gorge so if you stop and get out ...  more »
  • No words can describe it - you have to be there (on the way to Preveli Palm Beach)! Nature is powerful.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Impressive Cretan wild beauty.Local people say that high speed of wind causes rocks to profuce strange sounds that you may hear!
  • 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.
  • 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.