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Richtis Gorge, Sitia

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4.6/5 based on 200 reviews on the web
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  • Great hike down to the beach about 2.5 hours. No bad way. Difficult, because the way the part is very rocky. Not possible with small children.
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  • Don't park in the parking next to the road, park at the bridge, you will save a hood 28 minutes of walking. From there to the waterfall it's a path in the woods with some rocky parts, not hard but not...  read more »
  • We had to drive to the tip followed by on the narrow trail than from there out our walk started. The first bit began with some mud and when we thought already: "where are we now getting:-)". Few minutes further beginning the real walk and we had to really go climbing on rocks and jump over the water. It was a really fun and especially adventurous walk. I hike itself is not so keen, but this I found super fun because there was some challenge and you didn't feel like you walking for so long. It seemed like you in a jungle was through the Nice green trees and plants, and the flowing water through the descent makes it. I think that in the end a good thick hours of walking/climbing/jumping was to get to the waterfall. We two have both taken a dip in the water, but not for long, because it was cold! :-) but beautiful clear water and a nice view. We had read to there yourself with enough water and food and for good walking shoes to to do and that was definitely necessary! So definitely a must to do:-)
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  • Great hike. But take care, we met and helped two old french people who got kind of stuck, since some pieces require some climbing. Great for children.
  • Delightful 10.5k walk through shady gorge down to the sea and back with a mid point break at the cascade Liked the oleander, ipomena, wild thyme, olives and figs. Saw many butterflies, dragonflies and lizards Passed the romantic ruins of 2 old mills
  • Great outdoor activity with an interesting route from the village to the seaside area and the beach. You will get wet in some places of the route. The beach is fine. The waterfall is great. Visit it on March.
  • Great and surprising walk. It starts with a boring path but soon you end up in a narrow small river path. The variety of plants is enormous. The more you come towards the see the more dense it gets. Although the route is only 5 km it will take you probably 2 and a half hours to get to the sea. We did it on a hot summer day in august but since you are protected by the plants you don't have any problem with the sun. It is a bit of climbing. The waterfall is during this period totally not impressive but the wild plants are.
  • One of the easiest gorges to walk in Crete, protected for its outstanding natural beauty, this hike will take you over a centuries-old arched stone bridge, past several old watermills hidden in vegetation, swimming in a pond under a waterfall and relaxing under a tamarisk tree on the beach at the end. Unlike most other gorges in Crete, Richtis gorge has water all year which maintains the thousands of plane trees along the gorge (in fact only small parts of the route are not fully covered by vegetation) and feeds the fairy-tale-like waterfall. The entrance of the gorge is just on the east of the village Exo Mouliana in Sitia right on the Ag. Nikolaos - Sitia national road and it will take you about 2.5h to walk all the way to the beach. This is a relatively easy walk but do wear appropriate hiking shoes or boots and you should not attempt to walk it if you have mobility problems or are with children under 10 years old. Also, you should bring some food and water with you since there are no shops along the way or the beach (you can buy food and water/drinks at Exo Mouliana village). There is, however, a fresh water facility at the beach that is fed from a spring in the mountains. For your way back you can take the road that starts at the beach and will take you to Exo Mouliana village (about 5.5 km uphill walk on a concrete paved road) or walk back through the gorge to the entrance. You could also drive to the beach and walk to the waterfall from there (about 1.5h to the waterfall and back) but keep in mind that this is a not so wide, twisty farm road with no protective barriers. However, the road is concrete paved (no 4WD necessary) and the views are beautiful. Update: I've found that most people feel that walking up the road on a warm day can be a bit strenuous and they prefer either walking the gorge down and then back up or walk down the road and then the gorge up to return to the village. Overall, this is an unforgettable experience for the vast majority of visitors, even the ones that visit Crete regularly (in fact, especially for regulars since it's so different from everything else) and if you find yourself in Lassithi or Heraklion you should not miss it! Note: All the photos in this review were taken in August 2011, August 2012 and August 2013.
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