Avlaki Gorge

Gorge description

The Avlaki Gorge, nestled in Arkoudovounia near the Gouverneto Monastery, just 16km east of Chania city, stands as one of Crete’s most significant canyons with a rich religious history. This secluded area provided refuge for numerous monks and hermits in its caves, and also houses the ancient, abandoned Katholiko Monastery, making it known as the Katholiko Gorge as well. Although the gorge isn’t entirely accessible, a marked trail from the Gouverneto Monastery offers a scenic but steep descent towards Katholiko. On the journey, you’ll encounter the Cave Arkoudiotissa and the ancient temple of Artemis after a 10-minute walk, followed by a further 10 minutes to the deserted Katholiko Monastery and the cave of Saint John the Hermit.

Walking for another 15-25 minutes along the riverbed from the monastery will bring you to the Katholiko Bay, passing by caves where hermits once resided. The gorge’s exit reveals a slender, rocky fjord with deep blue waters, a small Venetian well, a tiny harbour used by monks, and a quarry that provided construction materials for the monastery. The area also features a rock formation resembling a boat, said to be a pirate ship turned to stone by a monastery abbot’s curse.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is Avlaki Gorge?

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

What type of gorge is Avlaki Gorge?

Avlaki Gorge is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Avlaki Gorge?

Generally, Avlaki Gorge is dry.

How can I access Avlaki Gorge?

You can access Avlaki Gorge by walking.

How long is Avlaki Gorge?

Avlaki Gorge is 2 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Avlaki Gorge?

On a scale of 1 to 10, Avlaki Gorge has a difficulty level of 2.

How many hours does it take to hike Avlaki Gorge?

It takes approximately 1 hour to hike Avlaki Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Avlaki Gorge?

The altitude difference in Avlaki Gorge is 280.

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Stays near Avlaki Gorge

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Located in the village of Stavros, Paradisio Baby & Kinder Hotel offers a variety of children’s facilities, such as a 400-m² play area, a go kart track, a tree-house, and ping-pong table, as well as animal farm, just a 15-minute walk from the beach.

It offers self-catering accommodation with 2 separate bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a private bathroom. All apartments open out to 2 balconies. The fridge is filled in daily with local products, while own-produced wine and olive oil can be found in the room upon arrival.

The scenic town of Chania with its Venetian harbour is 10 km away. Souda Port is also at 10 km. Free WiFi throughout and free private parking are provided.

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€173

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  • 4.0 km
  • 9.7 / 10
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Featuring garden views, Villa Luz offers accommodation with a patio and a coffee machine, around 3.7 km from The Holy Monastery of Agia Triada. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The villa is fitted 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 mountain views.

The villa features a barbecue and a garden, which can be enjoyed by guests if the weather permits.

House-Museum of Eleftherios Venizelos is 12 km from Villa Luz, while Archaeological Museum of Chania is 13 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 3 km from the accommodation.

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€117

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  • 4.2 km
  • 9.4 / 10
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Set in Khordhákion, 6.1 km from The Holy Monastery of Agia Triada and 15 km from House-Museum of Eleftherios Venizelos, Villa of Light Heart offers a garden and air conditioning. This property offers access to a balcony and free private parking.

The holiday home has 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 sea views.

Archaeological Museum of Chania is 15 km from the holiday home, while Saint Anargyri Church is 17 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 2 km from Villa of Light Heart.

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  • 5.2 / 10
  • Eparxiaki Odos Moni Agias Triados Perivolitsas

Located in Khordhákion, 4.5 km from The Holy Monastery of Agia Triada, Youth Of Dope Hostel provides accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a garden. 13 km from House-Museum of Eleftherios Venizelos and 13 km from Archaeological Museum of Chania, the property offers a shared lounge and a bar. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, a shared kitchen and free WiFi throughout the property.

The hostel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a coffee machine, a fridge, an oven, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace and a shared bathroom with a shower. Guest rooms include bed linen.

Guests at Youth Of Dope Hostel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Khordhákion, like cycling.

The accommodation provides an ironing service, as well as business facilities like fax and photocopying.

Saint Anargyri Church is 15 km from Youth Of Dope Hostel, while Mitropoleos Square is 15 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 3 km from the hostel.

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Boasting mountain views, Villa Amina features accommodation with a private beach area, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a terrace, around a few steps from Gold Coast Beach. This beachfront property offers access to free WiFi and free private parking.

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

The villa offers a barbecue. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at Villa Amina, while cycling can be enjoyed nearby.

Stavros Beach is 300 metres from the accommodation, while Sunset Beach is 700 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International, 9 km from Villa Amina, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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Boasting mountain views, Helios a modern large villa with private pool set in a quiet location features accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 1.4 km from Stavros Beach. This villa has a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The villa features 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

Gold Coast Beach is 1.4 km from the villa, while Sunset Beach is 1.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 8 km from Helios a modern large villa with private pool set in a quiet location.

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€396

/night

  • 4.6 km

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