Places of Interest

Nida-Rouvas-Zaros

Route Difficulty: Easy Route Duration: 7.5 Hours Route Length: 19.5 km Visit Period: March-October

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Φαράγγι Αγίου Νικολάου Ζαρού

This is the most impressive gorge in central Crete, as regards both vegetation and geomorphology. It cuts the imposing Psiloritis massif from north to south, linking the Forest of Rouvas to the valley of the River Koutsoulidis to the south, near Zaros, one of the loveliest large villages in Crete, known since antiquity for its springs. At the northern entrance to the gorge stands the chapel of Agios Ioannis (St John), where the Forestry Service has constructed a picnic area. The gorge is four kilometres in…

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ΦΑΡΑΓΓΙ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΟΥ

An area of outstanding natural beauty beginning at the village of Ano Asites. The E4 European Long Distance Path runs down the gorge, which contains rare plant and animal species protected under European law. Specifically, there are 80 species of plant (four of them protected), 24 species of animal (11 protected) and 16 species of bird, of which eight are protected. There is also a cave 100 metres deep, which is home to two species of bat protected by the same EEC directive. At the entrance…

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Samaria

The gorge of Samaria is the biggest, most imposing and beautiful gorge in Chania and in Europe, and that is why it is internationally renown and mostly visited, since more than 300000 people have the opportunity to cross it each year. It has a wonderful landscape with rare geo-morphological formations. It is a unique biotope with particular richness in fauna and flora. It has a rich mythology as well, that goes back to pre-historical years and a tumultuous history during the difficult years of Crete. It…

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