Prassano Gorge

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

Starting at the south of Prasses, the Prassano gorge, beside the bare hills of Gargana, is rather rough and offers a route through towering rock walls that ends at Platanias, to the east of the city of Rethymno, after approximately 4 hours of hiking.

The area is quiet, full of large plane trees, ideal for recreation and picnics. The Prassano gorge is one of the most important habitats of Crete for vultures. It is a home for a small population of Bonelli’s eagles and one of the last remaining pairs of Balkan griffon vulture who have found refuge in the area. According to botanists, the gorge is considered equally important with that of Samaria.

The Prassano gorge is accessible only from mid-June to mid-October, because of the torrent flowing through it.

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