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Diktamos Gorge

Gorge description

The Diktamos Canyon, nestled within the White Mountains, commences 21km to the east of Chania, near the Katochori village at an elevation of 300m. It concludes 8km further east, at the Faragi village, situated at a height of 40m and in close proximity to the Stylos village in the Apokoronas province. Consequently, it is also referred to as the Katechori Gorge or Stylos Gorge. The canyon’s stream serves as the primary tributary of the Kiliaris River, gathering water from the northern slopes of the Mavri peak and discharging it onto the Kalives beach.

Navigating through the canyon can be challenging, with certain areas requiring extra caution and approximately 3 hours to traverse. The canyon is a stunning, verdant landscape filled with towering trees and steep inclines, home to dittany or diktamos, a herb endemic to Crete. In Stylos, you have the opportunity to explore the ancient church of Apostle John (Agios Ioannis Theologos), refresh yourself at the local springs, and replenish your energy at the village’s taverns.


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Most frequent asked questions


What is Diktamos Gorge?

Diktamos Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the Chania region of Greece.

What type of gorge is Diktamos Gorge?

Diktamos Gorge is a hiking gorge with a signed trail.

Is there water in Diktamos Gorge?

Yes, there is water in Diktamos Gorge until the spring and there are also springs.

How accessible is Diktamos Gorge?

Diktamos Gorge is accessible via a paved road.

How long is Diktamos Gorge?

Diktamos Gorge is 7.5 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Diktamos Gorge?

Diktamos Gorge has a difficulty level of 3 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Diktamos Gorge?

It takes approximately 3 hours to hike Diktamos Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Diktamos Gorge?

The altitude difference in Diktamos Gorge is 200.

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