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Sarakina Gorges, Mirtos

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#25 of 98 in Outdoors in Lasithi Prefecture
Outdoor Activity · Hidden Gem
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Hike through narrow Sarakina Gorges, featuring rich vegetation, colorful stone walls, a gurgling river, and several ponds ideal for a cooling dip. The gorge is 1.5 km (0.9 mi) long, but just 3 m (10 ft) wide at its narrowest point, with walls rising up to 150 m (492 ft). Legend has it that a giant who lived in the area got thirsty and when he bent down to drink from the river, his beard cut through the mountains and created the canyon. Though the hike is not extremely challenging, it still includes a lot of time walking through the stream and over slippery rocks. You might also have difficulty finding the entrance into the gorge on your own. If you don’t feel confident exploring the gorge on your own, join an organized group. Plan your Sarakina Gorges visit and explore what else you can see and do in Mirtos using our Mirtos trip planner.
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  • it will be an eternal experience for us to explore the gorge. It was an exciting challenge. Hiking shoes are recommended! As it is less known than the Samaria Gorge, we did not meet many people. 
    it will be an eternal experience for us to explore the gorge. It was an exciting challenge. Hiking shoes are recommended! As it is less known than the Samaria Gorge, we did not meet many people.  more »
  • We started by accidentally drive down to the start of the hike trail. Do not do that. Leave Your car at the church or besides the asphalt road. You can take a route that is 3km long or a longer one.....  more
    We started by accidentally drive down to the start of the hike trail. Do not do that. Leave Your car at the church or besides the asphalt road. You can take a route that is 3km long or a longer one.....  more »
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  • An amazing place and a must see if you are in the area. Wear comfortable easy to dry clothes and shoes. There is a little pond by the end of the walk able part of the gorge that you can enjoy a dive.
  • Best adventurous gorge hike in all of Crete as it requires wading through the water, climbing on boulders and through little holes. There are some fixed ropes for support. Very few people a bit further down the gorge...

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