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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  • Wow..... we stopped off here on our Cretan Safari. We had the place to ourselves for a while till a coach load shattered the peace and quiet. It was amazing watching the vultures soaring high above ou...  more »
  • We stopped there on our way to Preveli beach (or so we thought XD). It was quite scary to be honest! All this huge mountains around you as if they can crash you any second. If you go that road, up or ...  more »
  • The road changes from fairly open to windy through the gorge rather quickly. Slightly guessing, but I recklon the cliffs each side are well over 1000 feet; there are eagles to be seen soaring high up....  more »
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  • Absolutely breathtaking scenery. A must visit.
  • 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.
  • Impressive gorge! Lots of wind but it's worth making a stop for some pics.
  • 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!

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