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Eligas Gorge

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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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Situated in Áno Viánnos, 49 km from The Palace of Knossos and 41 km from Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, Skordalos mezoneta offers air conditioning. It has city views and free WiFithroughout the property.

The apartment features 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with mountain views.

Acqua Plus Waterpark is 43 km from the apartment, while The Crete Golf Club is 43 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 53 km from Skordalos mezoneta.

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  • 9.5 / 10
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Situated in Káto Viánnos, 47 km from The Palace of Knossos, Villa Vienna features a garden and views of the garden. The property is around 39 km from Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, 40 km from Acqua Plus Waterpark and 41 km from The Crete Golf Club. Every room has a terrace with mountain views and free WiFi.

At the guest house rooms come with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchen, a dining area and a private bathroom with a hair dryer and a bath. Villa Vienna features some rooms that have a patio, and the rooms come with a coffee machine. At the accommodation all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels.

Labyrinth Park is 42 km from Villa Vienna, while Lixnostatis Folk Museum is 48 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 50 km from the guest house.

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Seli Sea View Apartments and Studios has sea views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Vakhós, 48 km from Acqua Plus Waterpark.

Fitted with a balcony, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hair dryer. There is also a kitchen in some of the units equipped with a dishwasher.

A car rental service is available at the apartment.

The Crete Golf Club is 49 km from Seli Sea View Apartments and Studios, while Labyrinth Park is 50 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 58 km from the accommodation.

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Set in Arkalochori, 31 km from The Palace of Knossos and 33 km from Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, Fragk House offers a garden and air conditioning. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The holiday home with a terrace and mountain views has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and 1 bathroom with a bath. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

The holiday home offers a picnic area. A car rental service is available at Fragk House.

Venetian Walls is 37 km from the accommodation, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 38 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 35 km from Fragk House.

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  • Νιπιδιτός κτηριο

Located in Arkalochori in the Crete region, Nipiditos Village provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking.

Some units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, washing machine and a coffee machine, as well as a kitchen.

Guests at the villa can enjoy hiking nearby, or make the most of the sun terrace.

The Palace of Knossos is 31 km from Nipiditos Village, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 33 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 35 km from the accommodation.

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Located in Nipidhitós, 31 km from The Palace of Knossos and 33 km from Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, Luxury Villa Nipiditos est 1912 provides air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. The property has garden and inner courtyard views, and is 37 km from Venetian Walls.

The apartment with a terrace and mountain views features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a walk-in shower. The property also has 2 bathrooms featuring a hot tub and free toiletries, and towels and bed linen are included.

At the apartment guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 38 km from Luxury Villa Nipiditos est 1912, while Acqua Plus Waterpark is 21 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 35 km from the accommodation.

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