Rethymno – Gorges

The prefecture of Rethymno is full of gorges created by the water eroded limestone, making the area an ideal destination for nature lovers and hikers.

The gorges, apart from their natural beauty, are a combination of myth, history and folklore tradition. Deep ravines with almost steep rocky sides create a spectacular landscape definitely worth visiting by those who have adventure in their blood.

The gorge Prassano, one of the most impressive of the county, is considered quite difficult to cross, while the gorge Patsou offers you a bird observatory. The Arkadi gorge and Margaritsano are of the most beautiful. And let’s not forget also about the outstanding phenomenon of gorgeous Kollita gorges (glued gorges).

Rare wildflowers can be found in the Kotsifou and the Kourtaliotis gorges. The Kourtaliotis adjoins at one end with Preveli and the Libyan Sea.

The impressive thing about the gorges of the county is that you don’t have to climb wild mountains in order to visit them. Some small gorges are located near the city of Rethymno, such as Vederon gorge and gorge Galliano. These two, however, are at some parts off-limits due to private properties. The Milon gorge, also nearby, is considered very easily accessible.

The Petre gorge is easy to come by even from the beach.

  • Helidonion Gorge

    The Helidonion gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno is located 33 km south of the city of Rethymno and is a good suggestion for hikers.

  • Frati Gorge

    The Frati gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno, 23 km southeast of the city of Rethymno, near Frati and is considered one of the great gorges of the island

  • Gorge of Platania

    The gorge of Platania in Rethymno prefecture is located in Platania village on the western slopes of Psiloritis, 38 km southeastern of the city of Rethymno

  • Petre Gorge

    The Petre gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno is located among the hills of Mandaro and Tsouni Viglas 13 km west of Rethymno, near the Karoti village

  • Patsou Gorge

    The Patsou gorge is located 30 kilometers from the city of Rethymno and is one of the most beautiful gorges in Rethymno prefecture and throughout Crete.

  • The gorge of the Mills

    The gorge of the Mills in Rethymno prefecture near the village of Neoi Miloi, 8 km far from Rethymno, is a complex of watermills, water-power network

  • Kourtaliotis Gorge

    The Kourtaliotis gorge is located in the southern part of the prefecture of Rethymno, approximately 22 km from Rethymno, and is a unique natural attraction.

  • Kotsifou Gorge

    The Kotsifou gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno is located several kilometers north of Sellia, starting at the village Kanevos and ending up at Plakias.

  • Kakoperatos Gorge

    The Kakoperatos gorge, a non-walkable gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno lies at the village of Agios Vasileios, 22 km south of the city of Rethymno

  • Gorge of Zoniana

    The Gorge of Zoniana in the prefecture of Rethymno is located south of the village Zoniana and considered one of the most accessible gorges.

  • Vederon gorge

    The Vederon gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno begins at the Frantzeskiana Metohia , a small picturesque village, 12 km southwest of the city of Rethymno

  • Agia Fotia gorge

    The Agia Fotia gorge is a small verdant gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno , near the Spili village, 30 km far from the city of Rethymno .

  • Smiliano gorge

    The Smiliano gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno is located north of the village Ano Meros and approximately 45 km southeast of the city of Rethymno

  • Prassano Gorge

    The Prassano gorge in Rethymno prefecture lies near the village Prasses, 10 km southeast of the city of Rethymno near the hills of Gargana.

  • Mesa gorge of the Platis River

    Mesa gorge of the Platis River in the prefecture of Rethymno is one of the two gorges formed by the narrowing of the Platis river

  • Margaritsano Gorge

    The Margaritsano gorge in Rethymno prefecture is located near the village Margarites , 30 kilometers from the city of Rethymno .

  • Kollita Gorges

    The Kollita Gorges in the prefecture of Rethymno are located near Argyroypoli , 22 kilometers southwest of the city of Rethymno .

  • Kissano Gorge

    The Kissano gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno lies approximately 1 km north of the village Kissos and 34 km southeast of the city of Rethymno .

  • Karantaliotiko Gorge

    Karantaliotiko gorge is located in the center of Rethymno prefecture and begins near the village of Agios Ioannis and ends up in Saitoures .

  • Galliano Gorge

    The Galliano gorge of the Rethymno area begins southeast of the Gallou settlement, 5 km far from the city of Rethymno and ends up inside the city borders.

  • Arkadian Gorge

    The Arkadian gorge is one of many gorges of Rethymno prefecture . It starts north of Arkadi monastery and ends at the village of Pikris .

  • Kariniotiko Gorge

    Kariniotiko gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno lies approximately 2 kilometers northwest of the Karines village and 30 kilometers far from Rethymno .

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