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Goniano Gorge

  • Goniano Gorge


The Goniano gorge is the unique passage which connects the plateau of Sklavokambos and Gonies with Tylisos, while on its sides runs the main road to Gonies and Anogia. Its length is approximately 3 km and is relatively wide and straight. Reaching through the exit, we meet the ossuary and the monument dedicated to the 23 local villagers executed here during the 2nd World War, on August 21st, 1944, by the Germans in retaliation for the sabotage of Damasta (August 8th). During this sabotage, guerillas from Anogia and six Russian soldiers ambushed and killed the German soldiers transferring the post of Chania near Damasta.

At this point, the canyon turns steeply to the south and, before exiting the limestone mass, follows an irregular and steep course, forming a gorge of incredible beauty with very narrow passes and vertical cliffs. This section is called Moniano Gorge, as its exit is in the periphery of the village Moni, province Malevizi. The Moniano Gorge is technical, that is, it forms waterfalls and cannot be crossed without technical equipment and canyoning expertise.



Where is Goniano Gorge located?

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

What is the length of Goniano Gorge?

The length of Goniano Gorge is approximately 3 kilometers.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Goniano Gorge?

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

What is the best time to visit Goniano Gorge?

The best time to visit Goniano 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 Goniano Gorge?

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

Are there any guided tours available for Goniano Gorge?

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

What should I bring with me when visiting Goniano Gorge?

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

Gorge Type

  • Hiking gorge

Accessible by

  • Paved road


  • Water till spring

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