This village – which is no longer inhabited all year round – is a historical place of Chania, built at the foothills of the White Mountains, 26 km away from the city of Chania.
Hosti was founded in the late 15th century by Turks, who wanted to stay in Crete and to escape their pursuers. The designation of the village originates from the word “hosto”, meaning “hiding” in the Cretan dialect. The vegetation of the village consists of cypress trees and olive trees.
The gorge of Hosti is located close to the village but away from famous tourist paths, so it remains completely unknown and yet untouched. It is one of the most beautiful small canyons and no equipment is required in case you want to cross it. In winter, there is running water in the bed, creating small waterfalls. I becomes this way a tributary of the river Platanias.
The entrance to the gorge is located in the center of the village of Hosti. From there we descend to the bottom, starting with an impressive cypress.
Because of the fact that in the area of Hosti the fall of rain is intense, all the reach or even exceed 20 meters in height and the forest is similar to others in northern European countries.