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Chochlakies Gorge

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The Chochlakies or Karoumes Gorge is nestled in one of the most secluded regions of Crete, near Zakros. It collects water from the Flega stream flowing from the Chochlakies plain and discharges it into the ocean.
Beginning our journey, we first come across a magnificently restored watermill in the village of Chochlakies. We then enter the gorge, characterized by sparse vegetation and bare rocks, which extends to the stunning Karoumes beach. The gorge spans approximately 3.5 km and is water-filled for the majority of the winter. The trek, a segment of the European E4 footpath, typically lasts 1:30 hours. The journey along the stream is captivating, with the gorge’s towering rocks winding between the mountains.

Springtime unveils ponds and a wide array of flora. As we approach the exit, the towering walls open up to a small valley that transforms into a significant wetland, complete with a marsh during the winter. The surrounding area features wells and terraces from ancient crops, and remnants of Minoan structures are visible, the most notable being the ancient fortification situated on a hill above the gorge.

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Chochlakies Gorge located?

Chochlakies Gorge is located in the Lasithi Region of Crete, Greece.

How long is Chochlakies Gorge?

Chochlakies Gorge is approximately 3 kilometers long.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Chochlakies Gorge?

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

What is the best time to visit Chochlakies Gorge?

The best time to visit Chochlakies 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 Chochlakies Gorge?

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

Are there any guided tours available for Chochlakies Gorge?

Yes, there are guided tours available for Chochlakies Gorge. It is recommended to book in advance.

What should I bring with me when visiting Chochlakies Gorge?

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

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