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Agiofarago Gorge

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The Agiofarago Gorge, situated to the south of the Panagia Odigitria Monastery, was formed near two stream beds. One stream originates from the north-northeast of Gyalomonochoro, while the other begins west of Pigaidakia village. These two streams converge near Saint Kiriaki’s chapel, and after a fairly gentle course, they form the main Agiofarago Gorge that terminates at the stunning Agiofarago beach. The gorge features vertical cliffs with caves, but the path along the flat stream bed is quite easy to traverse. Just before reaching the sea, there’s a climbing field where climbers are often spotted.

Agiofarago, meaning Gorge of Saints, is named after the hermits who established a significant hermitage in Central Crete during the early Christian era, following Saint Paul’s visit to the region. As per a legend, around 300 hermits lived here in complete solitude, only gathering once a year in the Cave Goumenospilios to count their numbers and see who had died in the past year. The church of Saint Anthony (Agios Antonios), encountered on the way to the cave Goumenospilios, became the hub of the area’s asceticism when the hermits began forming a religious community. The church, believed to have been renovated three times, initially started as a small church in a rock cave. As the hermit population grew, the church was expanded. The final renovation is thought to have occurred in the 14th or 15th century. A small well outside the church supplied the hermits with water as there was no nearby spring. A circular Minoan tomb on a small hill south of the church indicates human presence from the Minoan era.

You can reach Agiofarago in several ways. You can take a boat from the ports of Kokkinos Pirgos, Agia Galini, or Kali Limenes, or you can take a dirt road starting from the historic Monastery of Odigitria near Sivas, which the area is a part of. From the monastery, follow the signs to Agiofarago, descend into the gorge, and continue until you reach a dead-end and a small parking area. Be cautious not to park your car under the trees as goats might climb on the roof to eat the leaves, causing damage. The hike from the parking area to the sea through the gorge takes approximately 25-35 minutes.

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Most frequent asked questions

 

What is Agiofarago Gorge?

Agiofarago Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the region of Heraklion.  

What type of gorge is Agiofarago Gorge?

Agiofarago Gorge is a hiking gorge.  

Is there water in Agiofarago Gorge?

Yes, there is water in Agiofarago Gorge until the spring.  

How accessible is Agiofarago Gorge?

Agiofarago Gorge is accessible via a dirt track.  

What is the length of Agiofarago Gorge?

Agiofarago Gorge is 1.5 km long.  

What is the difficulty level of Agiofarago Gorge?

Agiofarago Gorge has a difficulty level of 1 out of 10.  

How long does it take to hike Agiofarago Gorge?

It takes approximately 0.5 hours to hike Agiofarago Gorge.  

What is the altitude difference in Agiofarago Gorge?

The altitude difference in Agiofarago Gorge is 30. Note: The name of the gorge, Agiofarago Gorge, is included in every question.

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Stays near Agiofarago Gorge

  • 8.6 / 10
  • Kali Limenes

Situated 100 metres from Psili Ammos Beach, Theaktis Homes offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi.

The holiday home provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and a private bathroom with walk-in shower and a hair dryer. A fridge, a stovetop and kitchenware are also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

At Theaktis Homes you will find a restaurant serving Greek and grill bbq cuisine.

A car rental service is available at the accommodation.

Kaloi Limenes Beach is 200 metres from Theaktis Homes, while Makria Ammos Beach is less than 1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 72 km from the holiday home.

  • 2.1 km
  • 8.9 / 10
  • Chrysostomos, Kaloi Limenes

Situated a few steps from Kaloi Limenes Beach, Marousa Apartments features accommodation with pool with a view, a garden and a shared kitchen for your convenience. Free WiFi is offeredthroughout the property.

Offering a terrace or balcony with views of the sea and mountain, the units feature air conditioning, a seating area, cable TV and kitchen. An oven, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

A car rental service is available at the apartment.

Psili Ammos Beach is 300 metres from Marousa Apartments, while Makria Ammos Beach is 800 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 71 km from the accommodation.

  • 2.1 km
  • 9 / 10
  • Unamed road, Kaloi Limenes, Heraklion Prefecture

Set in Kali Limenes, a few steps from Kaloi Limenes Beach and 300 metres from Psili Ammos Beach, Beach Front Condo South Crete offers barbecue facilities and air conditioning. This beachfront property offers access to free WiFi and free private parking.

The apartment with a balcony and sea views has 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the apartment.

The apartment offers a range of wellness facilities including a wellness packages and a beauty services. A car rental service is available at Beach Front Condo South Crete, while skiing and hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

Makria Ammos Beach is 800 metres from the accommodation, while Phaistos is 19 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 71 km from Beach Front Condo South Crete.

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€153

/night

  • 2.2 km
  • 8 / 10
  • Main Street 1

Located in Kali Limenes, 70 metres from Kaloi Limenes Beach and 300 metres from Psili Ammos Beach, Seaside Apartment-Dimitra offers free bikes and air conditioning. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony and free WiFi.

The apartment with a terrace and sea views features 1 bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment.

The apartment offers a barbecue. If you would like to discover the area, canoeing is possible in the surroundings.

Makria Ammos Beach is 700 metres from Seaside Apartment-Dimitra, while Phaistos is 19 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 71 km from the accommodation.

  • 2.2 km
  • 8 / 10
  • Main Street 1

Set in Kali Limenes, 70 metres from Kaloi Limenes Beach and 300 metres from Psili Ammos Beach, Seaside Apartment-George offers free bikes and air conditioning. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony and free WiFi.

The apartment with a terrace and sea views has 1 bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the apartment.

The apartment offers a barbecue. If you would like to discover the area, diving, fishing and canoeing are possible in the surroundings.

Makria Ammos Beach is 700 metres from Seaside Apartment-George, while Phaistos is 19 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 71 km from the accommodation.

  • 2.2 km
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Eparchiaki Odos Alithinis - Pigaidakion, Karavovrisi

Set 1 km from Kali Limenes and 4.1 km from Agiofarago Gorge, Notia Gi offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking and a terrace.

Featuring a private bathroom, rooms at the guest house also have free WiFi.

Guests at Notia Gi can enjoy a continental breakfast.

The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 76 km from the accommodation.

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€45

/night

  • 3.2 km

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