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Havgas Gorge

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Situated between the peaks of Katharios Lakkos and Katharia Kefala in the Dikti Range, Havgas Gorge is a prominent long gorge on the Lassithi Plateau. The gorge is nourished by the Megalos or Xenikos river, which springs from the Katharo plateau, courses through the Lassithi Plateau, and then vanishes into the sinkhole Chonos. The water resurfaces from Fleves springs at Kastamonitsa or a man-made water pipe at Gonies and ultimately drains into the Aposelemis dam lake. The name “havgas”, along with its variants, is typically used to refer to gorges in Eastern Crete.

Spanning about 4 km, Havgas Gorge provides a leisurely walk, especially at the exit where it widens and showcases striking landslides on its flanks. As you advance, the gorge abruptly tightens, leading to the scenic Neraidokolimbos lake, situated at the foot of a charming waterfall with a round boulder. According to local folklore, the gorge’s fairies used to bathe in this lake.

Next to Neraidokolimbos is the Plystra side gorge, recognized for its successive waterfalls that flow into the main stream of Havgas. Above the gorge, there is a singular waterfall named after Plystra, known to drip water even during the dry summer months. As per the legend, this is where fairies used to wash their clothes.

The gorge, a part of the E4 trail, offers a tranquil landscape due to the lack of crowds. It is home to a variety of trees, mainly maples and holm oaks. The river is seasonal and only flows following substantial rain or snow, whereas Neraidokolymbos lake retains water throughout the year.

Travelers usually start their journey from the exit point near the reservoirs of Agios Georgios village. Another alternative is to commence from the Katharo plateau and descend along the riverbed. However, reaching Neraidokolymbos may necessitate a jump into the water or retracing one’s steps.

Most frequent asked questions

How accessible is Havgas Gorge?

Havgas Gorge is accessible via a dirt track.

How long is Havgas Gorge?

Havgas Gorge is 2 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Havgas Gorge?

Havgas Gorge has a difficulty level of 2 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Havgas Gorge?

It takes approximately 1 hour to hike Havgas Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Havgas Gorge?

The altitude difference in Havgas Gorge is 50 meters.
 

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Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, Lasithi Luxury Villa is set in Mésa Lasithákion. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The villa with a terrace and garden views features 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a shower.

Guests at the villa can enjoy cycling and hiking nearby, or make the most of the garden.

Lake Voulismeni is 35 km from Lasithi Luxury Villa, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 41 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 49 km from the accommodation.

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Situated in Agios Konstantinos in the Lasithi region and Lake Voulismeni reachable within 36 km, Vasilikata features accommodation with free WiFi, a children’s playground, a garden and free private parking.

Some units have a terrace and/or a balcony with mountain or garden views.

Guests at the apartment can enjoy a continental or a vegetarian breakfast.

Vasilikata offers a picnic area.

If you would like to discover the area, skiing, cycling and hiking are possible in the surroundings and the accommodation can arrange a car rental service.

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 40 km from Vasilikata, while Acqua Plus Waterpark is 28 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 48 km from the apartment, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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With free WiFi, this holiday home offers a TV and a kitchen with an oven and fridge. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

The Crete Golf Club is 28 km from the holiday home, while Labyrinth Park is 29 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 48 km from Vilaeti Stone House – Cretan Cozy Nest.

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Surrounded by a 2000-m² lush garden, the stone-built Zeus House is a traditionally decorated villa at the Lasithi Plateau featuring a swimming pool. Fully equipped, it offers free Wi-Fi and furnished terrace with views of the countryside.

Furnished with original, traditional furnishings, Zeus House consists of 3 spacious bedrooms, a spacious living room with fireplace and a dining room. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove and microwave. The two bathrooms come with hydromassage shower. A piano and satellite TV are available.

Guests can relax in the garden that features sun loungers and BBQ facilities. A special swimming pool is provided for children.

In a short distance guests will find taverns with traditional Cretan cuisine, shops and mini-markets. The cave of Dikteon Andron is 8 km away from the villa. The lively towns of Hersonissos and Malia with bars and restaurants are at a distance of 23 km. Free private parking is offered on site.

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The holiday home is composed of 2 separate bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge, and 1 bathroom. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

Labyrinth Park is 29 km from the holiday home, while Lixnostatis Folk Museum is 32 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 48 km from Vilaeti Havgas Getaway – Cretan Cozy Home.

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The holiday home is composed of 1 separate bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge, and 1 bathroom. Towels and bed linen are available in the holiday home.

Labyrinth Park is 30 km from the holiday home, while Lixnostatis Folk Museum is 32 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 48 km from Unwind and Relax at the Vilaeti 1871 Retreat.

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