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The 'Faraggas' as we call the Samaria Gorge is the biggest, most impressive and most beautiful gorge in Europe, which since 1962 has been designated a national park since 2001 and is part of the European network Natura 2000. The length reaches 15 km., Width starts at 3.5 and reaches 150m. While the height reaches 500 meters. Striking feature of the gorge are the folds that form rocks. The flora and fauna is extremely rich and consist of unique plant and animal species protected by international agreements with leading the famous Cretan wild goat or goat or Kri-Kri, as well as eagles and other rare species of wild birds. The scenery is wonderful and peculiar geological formations. The hike starts from Xyloskalo (altitude 1.250 m.) In Plateau smoothly. The path after downhill course follows a riverbed along a beautiful forest with tall trees and great views. Halfway through the gorge is the village "Samaria", which was abandoned in 1962 after the declaration of the Gorge in the National Forest. There is the Byzantine church of the 14th century "Blessed Mary of Egypt" which gave its name to the village and the gorge after the "Samaria" is a contraction of "Blessed Mary" Co'' Maria'','' Samaria ''. One of the nicest parts of the route are the "Doors", where the two sides of the gorge are only 3.5 meters and a height of 500 meters. The journey takes 4-6 hours, depending on the pace. Is open from May to October. In winter, the river water makes it dangerous and impassable.

Aradaina gorge

Very beautiful and interesting canyon. Its length is 7 km long and need 3.5 to 4 hours to cross the river. His entry begins from the village Aradena beside the iron bridge of 138m. where enthusiasts elastic rope (bungee jumping) will enjoy their jumps in a vacuum. The gorge ends at beautiful beach 'Dialiskari' or 'Marble', where you can enjoy swimming and pinch the adjacent canteen. From there you can go by boat to Loutro Sfakia and then continue east the path to cures in approximately 2 hours and another 2 to Sfakia.

Imbros gorge

Small and passable in traversing the imposing rocky with volumes rising to 300m. at several points where the amplitude is only 2m.! The entrance is just after Imbros village, with a length of 8 km. After 2 hours of hiking you reach the exit, in the village Komitades

Iligas or Kavis

Lush, beautiful and easy. From Anopoli starts walking 2 hours to the Byzantine church of the Holy Cross (this piece can be performed with either a rural or jeep). From here begins the descent, lasting about three hours, ending on the beautiful beach of vertigo, 2 km west of Sfakia

Papa Lagos

Starting from the berries and then four hours of hiking ends in Chora Sfakia. Beautiful and worthwhile.
Sfakiano or Vartholomatos.
Wooded and interesting canyon on the flora. Input from Imbros village, 2 hour hike on a dirt road 10 kilometers (or a suitable car) to the ruined village Kali Lakki and after 2.5 hours even until the discharge, the paved road (hotel Vritomartis), near Sfakia. The greater part of hiking takes place on the dried riverbed and the ride is very compatible


Interesting but very difficult gorge and needs experienced driver. It starts from the shelter Kallergis and after 5 hours of hiking, we reach the place River. From there the descent becomes a Rechtra (vertical cliff waterfall) with the help of ropes and after walking for 3.30 hours, resulting in the beautiful woods of Seloudas the lovely beach of St. Paul. But you can read the last part of the gorge of St. John hiking 1.30 hours to the fountain - Kormokopo cave. From there we descend the canyon, walking a total of two hours to get out again on the coast of St. Paul, where Agia Roumeli is another hour.

Tripitis (Borer)

Beautiful, rich in flora and fauna (here lives the Cretan wild goat or ibex) and one of the more 'difficult' canyons of western Crete. Is the natural boundary between our municipality and the municipality shilling. Required experienced driver and two days time. Input from plateau smoothly climb almost vertical Gigilos and after three hours you reach the ruined sheepfold of Tzatzimou (altitude 2,080 m). From there to the wonderful beach of Tripitis required three hours yet. If you do not wait boat requires hiking for three hours west Sougia

Kladou (Branch)

The most wild and rugged canyon. Required experienced driver and two days time. The hike starts from the plateau smoothly Gigilos mountain climb to the top of almost downhill and then heading west to the beautiful beach Roofs, the Libyan Sea, after 8 hours. Even three hours east to reach Agia Roumeli.

Manikas gorge

The canyon starts from the plateau Manika. The dirt road Manika  starts a few meters before the village Skaloti left. The canyon is a bit rough and the hike takes about 3 hours. In crossing this, you will be able to enjoy flights of griffins and possibly see up to their nests, and nests here the largest number of pairs of its kind in Europe. The views are breathtaking and the gorge ends Skaloti, where the observatory of large predators


Katre Lagos

The gorge is located at the northern entrance of Sfakia in Askyfou. Lagos means gorge and thus Gorge Katri. The name comes from Katreas who was the son of Minos and had founded the homonymous city in the region. It starts from the position 'xylodema' and ends after 2 km to 'padding' in the plateau of Krapi. The slopes are quite steep and very rough.


It starts from the hill grindstone Asfendou village has narrow doors and wild cliffs. The canyon is a high degree of difficulty and for his passing need special equipment mountaineering (ropes etc). The gorge ends at the village Nomikiana after hiking four hours.