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.
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. Read more
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 Read more
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 Read more
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 Read more
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. Read more
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 Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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 Read more
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. Read more
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 Read more
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 . Read more
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 Read more
The Prassano gorge in Rethymno prefecture lies near the village Prasses, 10 km southeast of the city of Rethymno near the hills of Gargana. Read more
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 Read more
The Margaritsano gorge in Rethymno prefecture is located near the village Margarites , 30 kilometers from the city of Rethymno . Read more
The Kollita Gorges in the prefecture of Rethymno are located near Argyroypoli , 22 kilometers southwest of the city of Rethymno . Read more
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 . Read more
Karantaliotiko gorge is located in the center of Rethymno prefecture and begins near the village of Agios Ioannis and ends up in Saitoures . Read more
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. Read more
The Arkadian gorge is one of many gorges of Rethymno prefecture . It starts north of Arkadi monastery and ends at the village of Pikris . Read more
Kariniotiko gorge in the prefecture of Rethymno lies approximately 2 kilometers northwest of the Karines village and 30 kilometers far from Rethymno . Read more