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Havgas Gorge (Kalamafka)

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The Havgas Gorge, situated near the village of Kalamafka and just 12km north of Ierapetra city, is one of several gorges with the same name scattered across Crete. Other examples include the Havgas Gorge in the Lassithi Plateau, Plaka, and Kavoussi. The Havgas Gorge is nestled between the Megali Korfi (1103m) and Kokies (993m) peaks, and its stream, the Kapsous, serves as the primary tributary of the Kalamavkianos River that empties into the Stomio beach of Gra Ligia.

This stunning canyon boasts unique rock formations, sculpted by rare geological events. Many of these rocks are adorned with nature’s own “artwork”, etched over time by the elements. Despite its relatively short length, the gorge offers an easy and enjoyable walk along the riverbed, even for novices. The area’s altitude of around 500m provides the perfect environment for a lush pine forest. Regrettably, repeated fires have caused the forest to diminish in size. Nevertheless, the area is worth a visit, and visitors are sure to be charmed by the sight of small pine trees sprouting from the rocks, akin to bonsai trees.

The gorge’s depth extends to 300m. At one spot, two narrow rocks form the entrance to a series of caves that served as a refuge for Cretan rebels and Allies during the German Occupation. The locals refer to this area as the “Chinese Landscape”, due to the smooth rocks dotted with bonsai-like trees. Adjacent to the gorge’s exit, visitors can explore the village of Kalamafka with its inviting taverns and babbling water. Additionally, nearby attractions include an ancient olive oil mill and the churches of Saint John and Saint Anthony.

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Where is Havgas Gorge located?

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

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Havgas Gorge?

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

What is the best time to visit Havgas Gorge?

The best time to visit Havgas Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the water levels are higher.

Is swimming allowed in Havgas Gorge?

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

Are there any guided tours available for Havgas Gorge?

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

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

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

Is there an entrance fee for Havgas Gorge?

No, there is no entrance fee for Havgas Gorge.

Can I bring my dog with me when hiking in Havgas Gorge?

Dogs are allowed in Havgas Gorge, but they must be kept on a leash at all times.

How long does it take to hike through Havgas Gorge?

The hike through Havgas Gorge takes approximately 3-4 hours, depending on your pace and the number of stops you make.

What is the terrain like in Havgas Gorge?

The terrain in Havgas Gorge is rocky and uneven, with some sections requiring scrambling over boulders and rocks.

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  • Καλαμαύκα, Ιεράπετρας, Λασιθίου

Situated in Kalamávka, 25 km from Lake Voulismeni and 24 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa), Argalios offers free WiFi and air conditioning. This holiday home is 25 km from Agios Nikolaos Port.

This holiday home has 1 bedroom, a kitchen with an oven and a fridge, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom fitted with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are available in the holiday home.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 67 km from the holiday home.

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Set 25 km from Lake Voulismeni, 24 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) and 25 km from Agios Nikolaos Port, Mairy’s Apartment offers accommodation situated in Kalamávka. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to free WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony.

This 1-bedroom holiday home will provide you with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a living room.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 67 km from the holiday home.

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Situated in Ierápetra and only 27 km from Lake Voulismeni, Elis superb villa features accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This villa provides air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

The villa has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

Staff at the villa are always available to provide advice at the reception.

Elis superb villa offers a picnic area. If you would like to discover the area, hiking and walking tours are possible in the surroundings and the accommodation can arrange a car rental service.

Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 27 km from Elis superb villa, while Agios Nikolaos Port is 28 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 70 km from the villa.

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  • Anatoli Ierapetras

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a rooftop pool, mountain view and a balcony, Villa M – Villa with private pool and yard is located in Anatolí. It features a garden, pool views and free WiFithroughout the property.

The villa comes with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

A outdoor play equipment is also available for guests at the villa.

Lake Voulismeni is 31 km from Villa M – Villa with private pool and yard, while Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 30 km away. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 74 km from the accommodation.

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Located in Ierápetra, 31 km from Lake Voulismeni and 30 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa), Villa K-Villa with private pool offers a garden and air conditioning. This property offers a private pool, free WiFi and free private parking.

The villa features 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, a washing machine and 2 bathrooms with a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are provided in the villa.

Agios Nikolaos Port is 31 km from Villa K-Villa with private pool. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 74 km from the accommodation.

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Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and barbecue facilities, Villa Lato – Villa with private pool and yard provides accommodation in Anatolí with free WiFi and pool views. The air-conditioned accommodation is 19 km from Ierápetra.

The villa features 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms.

The villa offers a terrace.

Agios Nikolaos is 31 km from Villa Lato – Villa with private pool and yard, while Elounda is 40 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 91 km from the accommodation.

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