Gorge of Sfakia

The Gorge of Sfakia is one of the richest in flora gorges of Chania. It has a length of 6.5 km and is about two kilometers east of Sfakia. It is also known by the names Gorge Vartholoma and Lagos.

The Gorge of Sfakia starts at an altitude of 1,200 meters and after a 6.5 km path ends at the Libyan Sea. The path that leads through the gorge starts from the village of Imbros.

It takes two hours of hiking (or less if you use cars to cross the dirt road) until you reach the abandoned village of Kali Lakki from where virtually begins the Gorge of Sfakia.

From this point, and after half an hour of hiking you will come upon the church of St Paul, dating back to 1407. The trail ends after two more hours of hiking, in Porolagko. There you will exit to the paved road that leads to Sfakia.

It is worth however to continue your hike towards the sea, as the Gorge of Sfakia ends at the beautiful beach Filaki.

The relatively easy trail gives to the visitor the chance to cross the Gorge of Sfakia the other way around, starting from Porolagko and up to the church of St. Paul, since to go and come back will take you about 3.5 hours.

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