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Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos)

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The Holy Apostles (Agii Apostoli) or Lapathos Gorge is situated on the southern part of Mount Dikti, 28km to the west of Ierapetra and 72km to the south of Heraklion, in the broader vicinity of the village of Kato Simi. This is a technical canyon, implying that crossing it necessitates technical gear and specific training. The Lapathos canyon is an ideal challenge for highly skilled canyoners. It spans approximately 4km and there is a height difference of about 900m between the start and finish points.

The canyon originates from the small plateau of Lapathos, where the Holy Apostles church stands, and concludes on the road that links the village of Pefkos with Ierapetra. Although it’s typically a dry canyon, in 2009, the team of seasoned canyoners Vassilis Vagias, Savvas Paragamian, and Giannis Skondinakis discovered it to contain surprisingly large amounts of water.

The gorge features 28 steep descents that demand excellent rappelling skills. The tallest rappel is 80m, making it one of the highest in all of Crete. The sheer walls of Lapathos serve as nesting grounds for a variety of birds including vultures, hawks, and crows. Towards the gorge’s exit, the vegetation is predominantly made up of pines and cypresses. Following the exit, the stream continues its journey to Tertsa beach.

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What type of gorge is Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos)?


Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos) is a narrow and steep gorge.

Is there water in Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos)?


Yes, there is water in Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos) until the spring.

What is the accessibility of Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos)?


Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos) is accessible by walking.

How long is Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos)?


Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos) is 4 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos) on a scale of 10?


The difficulty level of Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos) is 8 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos)?


It takes approximately 5 hours to hike Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos).

What is the altitude difference in Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos)?


The altitude difference in Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos) is 900 meters.

In which region is Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos) located?


Holy Apostles Gorge (Lapathos) is located in the region of Lasithi.

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The kitchen is equipped with a toaster, a fridge and a stovetop and there is shower with bathrobes and a hair dryer.

Cycling and hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 65 km from the apartment.

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The kitchen features a toaster, a fridge and a stovetop and there is shower with bathrobes and a hair dryer.

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The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 65 km from the apartment.

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Akros Oreon Apartment Voliares is located in Káto Sími and offers barbecue facilities. This apartment provides free private parking, bicycle parking and free WiFi.

Providing a patio with mountain views, this apartment also offers a well-equipped kitchen with a toaster, a fridge and a stovetop, as well as 1 bathroom with a shower and bathrobes.

If you would like to discover the area, cycling and hiking are possible in the surroundings.

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The kitchen is equipped with a toaster, a fridge and a stovetop and there is shower with bathrobes and a hair dryer.

If you would like to discover the area, cycling and hiking are possible in the surroundings.

The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 65 km from the apartment.

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Fitted with wooden ceilings, all units have a seating area. There is also a fully equipped kitchen fitted with a microwave and oven. A stovetop is also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle. Every unit features a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Towels and bed linen are provided in this pet-friendly accommodation.

Sarakina’s Home also includes a sun terrace and a private pool. The area is popular for cycling and hiking. Myrtos Beach is 5 km away. The lively Mália is 30 km from Sarakina’s Home while Hersonissos is at 36 km. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 50 km from Sarakina’s Home. Free private parking is possible on site.

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