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Argoulidias Gorge in Karavados

  • Argoulidias Gorge in Karavados


In the village Karavados in prefecture Heraklion lies a small gorge that is completely unknown, Argoulidias gorge. Its name is taken after the many wild olive trees (called argoulides in the Cretan dialect) found in the canyon, the vegetation of which is complemented by carobs, Nerium oleanders and many plane trees.
Argoulidias is a short gorge that is formed above the village and very close to it in phyllite rock and is quite open. The canyon, though small in length, has plenty of water coming from the hill of Prophet Elias, where Ancient Arcadia was built.
During its course, it forms 6 very beautiful waterfalls. During the rainy season in Crete, the water is spectacular and the whole area of Argoulidias, combined with the many wildflowers, is majestic.
This canyon is still unknown even to the people of the village who are ignorant of its existence. The water of Argoulidias crosses the village and then ends at the Karavados dam.



Where is Argoulidias Gorge located?

Argoulidias Gorge is located in Karavados, which is in the Heraklion Region of Crete, Greece.

What is the length of Argoulidias Gorge?

The length of Argoulidias Gorge is approximately 4 kilometers.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Argoulidias Gorge?

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

What is the best time to visit Argoulidias Gorge?

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

Is there an entrance fee to visit Argoulidias Gorge?

No, there is no entrance fee to visit Argoulidias Gorge.

Are there any guided tours available for Argoulidias Gorge?

Yes, there are guided tours available for Argoulidias Gorge, which can be booked through local tour operators.

What should I bring with me when visiting Argoulidias Gorge?

You should bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water, and a camera to capture the stunning views.

Gorge Type

  • Hiking gorge

Accessible by

  • Dirt track


  • Water till spring

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