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Eligas Gorge

Gorge description

Eligas Gorge, a stunning natural monument, is nestled on the western side of Koupa Mountain, just above the village of Miliaradon in Embaros. This remarkable location boasts a towering waterfall with nine rappels, making it a perfect spot for canyoning. The altitude difference from the entrance to the exit is approximately 230m.

Eligas is just one of numerous waterfalls in the vicinity, standing tall at 150 meters. It cascades down in 5-6 stages, with the largest drop being 50 meters.

During the winter, the waterfall is fed by crystal clear water from the local ‘Papa Lagos’ springs. On exiting the gorge, it merges with the Baritis River, a primary tributary of the Anapodaris River.

In the Cretan dialect, Eligas translates to ‘waterfall’. The gorge is unique due to its distinctive formations, created by layers of limestone that resemble a vast open-air theatre with stone tiers.

A trail from Miliaradon village leads to the base of the waterfall. From there, visitors can ascend to its highest points, offering a breathtaking view of the impressive waterfall and the Baritis-irrigated plain villages.


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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Eligas Gorge located?

Eligas Gorge is located in the Heraklion Region of Crete, Greece.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Eligas Gorge?

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

What is the best time to visit Eligas Gorge?

The best time to visit Eligas Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the water levels are not too high.

Is swimming allowed in Eligas Gorge?

Swimming is not allowed in Eligas Gorge due to the strong currents and deep pools.

Are there any guided tours available for Eligas Gorge?

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

What should I bring with me when hiking in Eligas Gorge?

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

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