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Aposelemis Gorge

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The Aposelemis Canyon, also known as the longest and most significant geological canyon in the northern part of the Heraklion prefecture, terminates at the settlement of Agrianá (locally known as Adrianna), near Hersonissos. The Aposelemis River traverses this canyon, though water is only present in parts of the canyon following heavy rainfall. However, the river at higher altitudes retains water throughout the wet months, thanks to the phyllite rocks. Despite its length, accessibility, and proximity to Heraklion, the canyon remains relatively undiscovered by the local population. The Aposelemis Canyon is characterized by strikingly beautiful and imposing vertical walls that reach up to 200 meters in height, along with several rock shelters. The canyon floor is smooth throughout, posing no technical challenges. In recent times, the Hersonissos Municipality has constructed a lovely trail along the canyon floor, making the walk both enjoyable and easy. The trail also features recreational areas with wooden benches at the start and end points.

This crucial ecosystem is home to waterfowl and birds of prey. A hidden riparian forest, particularly in the upper region of the canyon, is the real gem. The mixed forest is made up of ancient trees with massive trunks, truly natural marvels. Trees such as the plane, holm oak, oak, holly, carob, osier, among others, can be found here. The dense forest often obscures the trail. An old stone bridge, Xerokamares, is located just before the southern entrance, within the river. The most convenient way to access the canyon is via its northern exit. A dirt road from the bridge of the old national road leads to the Aposelemis gorge. Following this dirt road, you’ll pass the picturesque yet ruined settlement of Plevris, and eventually reach the bridge of the new highway, where the trail begins. It takes at least two hours to traverse the gorge.

Most frequent asked questions

How accessible is Aposelemis Gorge?

Aposelemis Gorge is accessible via a paved road.

How long is Aposelemis Gorge?

Aposelemis Gorge is 6 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Aposelemis Gorge?

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

How many hours does it take to hike Aposelemis Gorge?

It takes approximately 2.5 hours to hike Aposelemis Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Aposelemis Gorge?

The altitude difference in Aposelemis Gorge is 100.

 

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Stays near Aposelemis Gorge

  • 8.9 / 10
  • Hersonissos

Village Heights Resort is situated in Hersonissos, just a step away from the Crete Golf club. It’s a relaxing getaway that features a spa centre with fitness area, sauna, hot tub, hammam, 2 outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool and 2 kids’ pools. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.

In true traditional Cretan Village style, all studios, apartments and villas come with panoramic views of the stunning countryside and the sea. They also feature a satellite TV and DVD player, a fully equipped kitchen and coffee machine. Each unit features a private bathroom with a bath, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

Guests can enjoy Cretan and international dishes at the on-site restaurants and poolside snack bar, while a range of refreshments, coffee and alcoholic drinks can be enjoyed at the pool bar.

On-site sports facilities include a tennis court, a mini golf and a volleyball court. Kids facilities include a mini club with a playground, a games room and table tennis. For family fun, the Crete Aquarium and the Labyrinth are at close proximity. Other on-site facilities include a mini market and a library.

The property can make arrangements for car hire, while daily shuttle from/to Hersonissos is also provided. The nearest airport is Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, 17 km from Village Heights Resort.

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€68

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  • 9.2 / 10
  • Roussos Lakkos Hersonissos

Crete Golf Club Hotel is situated at The Crete Golf Club, an 18-hole Championship course in Hersonissos, 1.8 km from Aquaworld Aquarium and features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. 2 km from Labyrinth Park, the hotel features a fitness centre and a garden. The restaurant serves European cuisine.

All units in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Rooms have a private bathroom with a bath, private ultra high speed WiFi, free toiletries and a hairdryer. The rooms at Crete Golf Club Hotel come with a seating area.

A à la carte breakfast is available daily at the property.

Staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide guidance on what to do in the area.

Water City is 2.2 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport.

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  • 1.8 km
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  • AGRIANA ROAD

Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, PENEMA VILLA is situated in Hersonissos. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The villa with a terrace and garden views has 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a kitchenware, and 1 bathroom with an a bath or shower.

Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 12 km from the villa, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 26 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 20 km from PENEMA VILLA.

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€316

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  • 1.9 km

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, Villa Akali by Villa Plus is located in Kalón Khoríon. The accommodation is 11 km from the Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos and features free WiFithroughout the property.

The villa comes with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, and 2 bathrooms with a shower, a hair dryer and a washing machine. Towels and bed linen are provided in the villa.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 26 km from the villa, while Venetian Walls is 27 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 20 km from Villa Akali by Villa Plus.

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Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, pool view and a balcony, Villa Galinos is set in Kalón Khoríon. This villa offers free private parking, free shuttle service and free WiFi.

The villa with a terrace and sea views features 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 3 bathrooms with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are featured in the villa.

The villa offers a hot tub. Guests at Villa Galinos can enjoy walking tours nearby, or make the most of the garden.

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 10 km from the accommodation, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 25 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 19 km from Villa Galinos, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€176

/night

  • 2.2 km
  • 10 / 10
  • AGRIANA

Located in Hersonissos, 7.9 km from Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos and 23 km from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Green Residence by Good Life offers a garden and air conditioning. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The holiday home is equipped with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with garden views.

The holiday home offers a continental or Italian breakfast.

Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at Green Residence by Good Life, while hiking and walking tours can be enjoyed nearby.

Venetian Walls is 24 km from the accommodation, while The Palace of Knossos is 25 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 17 km from Green Residence by Good Life, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€168

/night

  • 2.2 km

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