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Gorges near Koutsouras

Canyon Mountain - Koutsouras (Butterfly Gorge)

Distance from South Coast: 1 km
Gorge Trail: 5 km - Duration: 3.5 hours
General info’s: One of the most famous gorges in southeastern Crete. The best time to cross is in the spring. At the beginning you find its greenest part with many pine trees. Then you cross a cultivated mountainous area, not giving the image of a gorge but after half an hour walking the gorge is offering a very impressive scenery that ends with a waterfall coming out from a cleft of a rock.

Canyon Pervolakia

Trail Canyon: 4.5 km - Duration: 2 hours
General info’s: Right next to the famous monastery of Kapsa. This beautiful canyon is formed in a barren, dry and rugged landscape that leads to the isolated traditional village Pervolakia.

Canyon of Pefkoi

Distance from South Coast: 10 km
Gorge Trail: 5 km - Duration: 3.5 hours
General info’s: The best way to cross is by Pefkoi village, located 10 km from Koutsouras. Wonderful scenery combined with steep cliffs promise a pleasant walk through the canyon.

Canyon Sarakina, Ierapetra - Myrtos

Distance from South Coast: 40 km
Total return trip: 5.5 km / 3 hours
General info’s: One of the most beautiful canyons of Crete with lush vegetation and flowing waters (towel and waterproof shoes useful). The climb is a little difficult.

Canyon Richtis, Exo Mouliana Sitia

Distance from South Coast: Total distance from Exo Mouliana: 4.5 km / 2 hours (up Beach Richtis)
General info’s: Rich vegetation of many different kinds of trees and plants. There is a 20m waterfall,ponds and an arched bridge that will amaze you. The canyon ends at a beach of the Cretan Sea.

Canyon of the Dead Zakros

Trail Canyon: 5.5 km - Duration: 2 hours - E4
General info’s: Starting from Pano Zakros. It is a Canyon of exceptional beauty. On its tall walls there are large caves. In those caves, there are tombs of great archaeological value and therefore it is called the "Gorge of the Dead." To return at the starting point you take the bus from Kato Zakros.


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