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Apolychnos Gorge

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The Apolychnos Gorge, situated just a few kilometers north of the town of Mires, is nestled in an area abundant with olive groves. This gorge is essentially a narrow valley that traces the path of a river, which in certain areas deepens and is surrounded by thick vegetation. The Tourki stream that flows through it carries water from a valley that begins west of Makres village to the Geropotamos river. The gorge, which is roughly 3 km long, begins near the village of Panagia and concludes at the traditional settlement of Agios Antonios (Vrelis). It’s conveniently accessible, particularly near its exit close to Agios Antonios, as it’s adjacent to the main road from Mires.

The gorge is named after the deserted village of Apolychnos, which is situated within the gorge at an elevation of 220m. This village, enveloped by verdant trees and bubbling springs, is home to the stunning Byzantine church of Saint Panteleimon, located in the village square.

Most frequent asked questions

Where is Apolychnos Gorge located?

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

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Apolychnos Gorge?

The difficulty level of hiking in Apolychnos Gorge is moderate to difficult. The trail is rocky and steep in some places, and requires some climbing and scrambling.

What is the length of the Apolychnos Gorge trail?

The length of the Apolychnos Gorge trail is approximately 3 kilometers long.

What is the best time of year to visit Apolychnos Gorge?

The best time of year to visit Apolychnos Gorge is in the spring or fall, when the weather is cooler and the vegetation is lush. It is not recommended to hike in the summer months due to the high temperatures.

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

It is not necessary to have a guide to hike in Apolychnos Gorge, but it is recommended for safety reasons and to ensure that you do not get lost on the trail.

Are there any entrance fees to hike in Apolychnos Gorge?

No, there are no entrance fees to hike in Apolychnos Gorge.

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

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

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Located in Moírai, 44 km from Venetian Walls and 45 km from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Carob Villa offers air conditioning. This villa features a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The villa is equipped with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with mountain views.

A car rental service is available at the villa, while fishing and hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

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Set in Galiá, 8.7 km from Museum of Cretan Ethnology and 10 km from Phaistos, House of Athina and Fanourios offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. With garden views, this accommodation features a patio.

The holiday home with a terrace and mountain views features 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are featured in the holiday home.

There is a garden with a barbecue at this property and guests can go cycling nearby.

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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 shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the apartment.

If you would like to discover the area, hiking is possible in the surroundings and the apartment can arrange a car rental service.

Museum of Cretan Ethnology is 8.8 km from House Angelina, while Phaistos is 10 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 54 km from the accommodation.

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Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, mountain view and a balcony, Villa Capparis is set in Moírai. This property offers access to a terrace, free private parking and free WiFi.

This villa is fitted with 4 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 3 bathrooms equipped with a bath. Towels and bed linen are featured in the villa.

The wellness area at the villa is comprised of a beauty services and a fitness room. A kids pool is also available at Villa Capparis, while guests can also relax in the garden.

Venetian Walls is 46 km from the accommodation, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 49 km from Villa Capparis.

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Boasting a Blu-ray player, the villa has a kitchen with a dishwasher, an oven and a toaster, a living room with a seating area and a dining area, 4 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms with a walk-in shower and a bath. A flat-screen TV with streaming services and DVD player, as well as a CD player are available.

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The apartment with a balcony and mountain views features 3 bedrooms, a living room, a TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment.

If you would like to discover the area, cycling and hiking are possible in the surroundings.

The Palace of Knossos is 49 km from the apartment, while Phaistos is 9.4 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 48 km from Athena Home South Crete.

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