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Askidia Gorge

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The Prasses or Askidia canyon is nestled within the forested area of the White Mountains. The exit of this canyon is situated close to the Askidia village (at an elevation of 480m), which is a section of the Prasses village, hence the dual names. To find the beginning of the canyon, you need to drive on the road from Chania to Sougia, then take a turn at Petras Seli intersection that leads to Omalos Plateau. After approximately 1.5km past the turnoff to Omalos, you will come across a dirt road and footpath that lead to the Platanos area. This region is captivating with its ferns, plane trees, and water springs. It is also the starting point of the lush Prasses canyon, a journey that takes roughly 2 hours.

The gorge boasts striking vertical walls and is surrounded by a thick pine forest (the northernmost in the Chania prefecture). This, combined with the river bed’s deciduous trees (such as maples and sycamores), creates a stunning landscape, particularly in the fall. The canyon is perfect for leisurely hikes along its riverbed, taking photos, and bird watching. Additionally, there are 2-3 small caves along the walls. Upon exiting the gorge, you will encounter the tiny hamlet of Askidia, concealed within a thick chestnut forest. If you don’t have a car, an additional half-hour walk will take you to the picturesque Prasses village.

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Most frequent asked questions

 

What is Askidia Gorge?

Askidia Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the Chania region.
 
 

What type of gorge is Askidia Gorge?

Askidia Gorge is a hiking gorge.
 
 

What kind of water can be found in Askidia Gorge?

Water till spring and springs can be found in Askidia Gorge.
 
 

How accessible is Askidia Gorge?

Askidia Gorge is accessible by walking.
 
 

How long is Askidia Gorge?

Askidia Gorge is 2.5 km long.
 
 

What is the difficulty level of Askidia Gorge?

The difficulty level of Askidia Gorge is 2 out of 10.
 
 

How many hours does it take to hike Askidia Gorge?

It takes approximately 2 hours to hike Askidia Gorge.
 
 

What is the altitude difference in Askidia Gorge?

The altitude difference in Askidia Gorge is 400.
 
Note: The name of the gorge is Askidia Gorge.

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Stays near Askidia Gorge

  • 8 / 10
  • Eparchiaki Odos Chanion - Sougias

Boasting mountain views, Hani Kastania – Chania retreat for families and groups for holidays and workshops features accommodation with a garden and a balcony, around 18 km from Samaria Gorge. This property offers access to a terrace and free private parking.

The holiday home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a bath and a shower, a seating area, and a kitchen with a fridge. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

Hani Kastania – Chania retreat for families and groups for holidays and workshops offers a picnic area.

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete is 24 km from the accommodation, while Limnoupolis is 29 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 46 km from Hani Kastania – Chania retreat for families and groups for holidays and workshops.

  • 3.3 km
  • 9.1 / 10
  • Omalos

Mike Omalos Houses features lake views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Omalós, 5.1 km from Samaria Gorge.

The holiday home provides guests with a terrace, mountain views, a seating area, cable flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, and a private bathroom with shower and a hair dryer. A toaster, a fridge and stovetop are also featured, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Mike Omalos Houses offers a picnic area.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy hiking and bike tours nearby, or make the most of the garden.

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete is 22 km from Mike Omalos Houses, while Limnoupolis is 36 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 52 km from the holiday home.

  • 4.6 km
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Omalos Kydwnias, Chania

Located in the plain of Omalos, at 1,050 metres above sea level, the 2-star hotel Neos Omalos features a traditional restaurant, and offers rooms with view of Lefka Ori Mountain.

Neos Omalos guest rooms are heated/air-conditioned and each is en suite with shower, bath amenities and hairdryer. Standard amenities include free Wi-Fi and satellite TV.

Hotel Neos Omalos serves a Continental breakfast each morning. Traditional Cretan dishes prepared with fresh, local products are served at the hotel’s restaurant. Also available is a bar and a spacious reception lounge.

Neos Omalos is a 10-minute drive from Samaria’s Gorge and serves as a great base for mountaineering activities. Transfer service from the hotel to the gorge and free private parking are provided. Chania is 35 km away.

  • 5.1 km
  • 9.9 / 10
  • Eparchiaki Odos Chanion - Sougias

Featuring pool views, Villa Aeolus with private overflow, endless, heated pool offers accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 23 km from Samaria Gorge. This villa has a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The villa 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 2 bathrooms with a bath. Towels and bed linen are featured in the villa.

The villa offers a picnic area.

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete is 36 km from Villa Aeolus with private overflow, endless, heated pool, while Limnoupolis is 41 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 58 km from the accommodation.

  • 6.6 km
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Kambanos

Square Apartment, a property with a terrace, is set in Kambanós, 40 km from Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete, 45 km from Limnoupolis, as well as 48 km from Platanias Square. The air-conditioned accommodation is 27 km from Samaria Gorge, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.

The apartment has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a balcony with mountain views.

Agios Dimitrios Church is 48 km from the apartment, while Municipal Garden is 49 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 62 km from Square Apartment.

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€45

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  • 8.4 km
  • 8.3 / 10
  • skonizo

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, pool view and a balcony, Casa Del Miele, private pool, BBQ, mountain view. Is located in Alikianós. There is an on-site restaurant, plus free private parking and free WiFi are available.

The villa is equipped with 2 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.

The villa offers a barbecue. A car rental service is available at Casa Del Miele, private pool, BBQ, mountain view..

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete is 15 km from the accommodation, while Limnoupolis is 16 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International, 33 km from Casa Del Miele, private pool, BBQ, mountain view., and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€242

/night

  • 8.4 km

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