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Achendrias Gorge

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The Achendrias gorge, situated approximately 50km south of Heraklion, concludes at the Maridaki beach. It traverses the barren landscape of the Asterousia Range, marked by stark mountains, jagged rocks, and coarse grazing lands. The gorge is quite accessible for the most part, except for the final stretch, which can only be navigated by seasoned canyoners. This is where high waterfalls form due to the Asterousia fault line.

The journey begins gently from the plain of the Achendrias village, where the gorge collects water. It initially passes through the Farangouli location, a fairly open ravine. It then moves through the Plakoures position, a striking stony mass with layered limestone, before reaching the sea via the Lihnistis gorge. Just before it reaches the sea, it forms five waterfalls, the tallest of which is 60 meters and named Lihnistis. This part requires canyoning equipment to cross, otherwise, one must turn back and follow the trail in the Ligiofarago.

After the waterfall, the landscape transforms into a verdant river valley at the Maridaki settlement, just before the sea. This area is lush with a spring, tall plane trees, and babbling water. If you’re fortunate, you might even spot the river fairies who are said to reside here!

If you prefer not to walk along the gorge, you can still enjoy its beauty by driving the rugged 15km dirt road from Mesohorio to Maridaki, passing by the Agios Nikitas monastery and the Agios Antonios palm grove. A significant portion of this route runs alongside the gorge.

The canyon is home to a large population of raptors and vultures, making the Asterousia gorges the largest habitat for these birds in Europe.

At the gorge’s exit, you’ll find the Lichnistis waterfall, a sequence of 5 waterfalls with the tallest standing at 60 meters. These waterfalls flow after heavy rainfalls and form ponds that are ideal for a refreshing dip in the spring. The waters of Lichnistis originate from springs south of the Ahendrias village and flow into the gorge, whose exit is home to Lichnistis. It’s a mere 10-minute walk from the Maridaki settlement. Named after the way the water disperses into the air like a misty cloud, resembling the winnowing process, the Lichnistis waterfall is one of many in the Asterousia mountains.

Most frequent asked questions

Where is Achendrias Gorge located?

Achendrias Gorge is located in the Heraklion Region of Crete, Greece.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Achendrias Gorge?

The hiking difficulty level in Achendrias Gorge is moderate to difficult, with some steep and rocky sections.

What is the best time to visit Achendrias Gorge?

The best time to visit Achendrias Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the vegetation is lush.

Is it necessary to have a guide to hike in Achendrias Gorge?

It is recommended to have a guide to hike in Achendrias Gorge, especially for those who are not experienced hikers.

Are there any entrance fees to visit Achendrias Gorge?

No, there are no entrance fees to visit Achendrias Gorge.

What should I bring with me when hiking in Achendrias Gorge?

You should bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and snacks. It is also recommended to bring a map and a first aid kit.

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All of the air-conditioned units feature a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, fully-equipped kitchen and terrace. Some units feature a balcony and/or a patio with mountain views.

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