The Heraklion region in Crete is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in Greece. One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of Heraklion is to go for a hike. There are many different routes to choose from, depending on your fitness level and interests. Whichever gorge you choose to hike, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.
Heraklion is home to some of the most beautiful and pristine gorges in all of Crete. Astrakiano and Kounaviano are two such gorges, located east of the city. These gorgeously verdant canyons merge near the village Skalani and lead down to an empty beach at Karteros. The total length of both combined is around 21 kilometers, making them perfect for a day-long hike. They’re also easy enough for children and families to enjoy.
Another hidden gem is Venerato Gorge, located 17 kilometers south of Heraklion next to the village of the same name as well as Paliani Monastery. Although the deep part of the canyon is relatively short—only 500 meters—its natural beauty is unforgettable.
For those looking for more of a challenge, Agia Paraskevi awaits. This wild canyon is located in the Asterousia Mountains on the border of Paranymfi village. Hikers will be rewarded with stunning views of unspoiled Greek nature.