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Kallikratis Gorge

Gorge description

The Kallikratis Canyon, a relatively small gorge located in the southeast of Lefka Ori (White Mountains) in the Sfakia province, forms part of the E4 European walking route. It serves as a passageway connecting the mountain pasture lands with the lowland villages of the Frangokastelo plain. A hike through this gorge offers a delightful walk and stunning views of the South Cretan Sea. The entrance to the canyon is situated at the Kallikratis plateau, accessible via a paved road from Askyfou, Asi Gonia, or Frangokastelo.

Kallikratis is home to the charming Panagia church, and from here, you can begin your descent through the gorge, which concludes in the village of Patsianos. From Kallikratis village, follow the asphalt road leading to Patsianos that runs parallel to the gorge bed. At certain points, you will need to follow the riverbed, which gradually deepens, with the road rising high above you. After about half an hour, the road will have risen considerably to the left, and the stream will be fairly deep. The trail has been slightly modified in some places due to debris from road construction.


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Most frequent asked questions


What is Kallikratis Gorge?

Kallikratis Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the Chania region of Greece.  

What type of gorge is Kallikratis Gorge?

Kallikratis Gorge is a hiking gorge with a signed trail that is part of the E4 trail.  

What is the water situation like in Kallikratis Gorge?

Kallikratis Gorge is generally dry, so hikers should bring their own water.  

How accessible is Kallikratis Gorge?

Kallikratis Gorge is accessible via a paved road.  

How long is Kallikratis Gorge?

Kallikratis Gorge is 6.5 km long.  

On a scale of 1-10, how difficult is Kallikratis Gorge?

Kallikratis Gorge has a difficulty rating of 2 out of 10.  

How many hours does it take to hike Kallikratis Gorge?

It takes approximately 3 hours to hike Kallikratis Gorge.  

What is the altitude difference in Kallikratis Gorge?

The altitude difference in Kallikratis Gorge is 510 meters. 

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Stays near Kallikratis Gorge

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  • Fraggokastelo

Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, sea view and a patio, Villa Olvía is set in Sfakiá. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The villa has a terrace, 4 bedrooms, a living room and a well-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven. Towels and bed linen are offered in the villa.

The villa offers a beauty services. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at Villa Olvía, while snorkelling and cycling can be enjoyed nearby.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is 49 km from the accommodation, while Fortress of Frangokastello is 5.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International, 81 km from Villa Olvía, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.




  • 2.8 km
  • 9.5 / 10
  • Φραγκοκαστέλου

FYSIOPHYLIA VILLAS has mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Frangokastello, 600 metres from Vatalos Beach.

The villa provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and a private bathroom with shower and slippers. A microwave, a toaster and fridge are also offered, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Guests can enjoy the infinity pool and garden at FYSIOPHYLIA VILLAS.

Frangokastello Beach is 2.9 km from the accommodation, while Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is 48 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 84 km from FYSIOPHYLIA VILLAS.




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Andreas Beach Villa is a villa located in Sfakiá. This villa provides a garden.

Chania Town is 40 km from the villa. Chania International Airport is 39 km from the property.




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  • Fragokastello

In a most scenic location, enjoying the background of the Lefka Ori and the Libyan Sea, Kallicrates Village is located at Fragokastello, 11 km east of Sfakia, at the southern coast of Crete. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout.

Kallicrates Village offers 10 studios. All are simply furnished, spacious and airy and surrounded by large garden areas.

Guests can have breakfast at the pool bar. Refreshments and drinks are available at the rooftop terrace, which offers beautiful views.

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  • Frangokastello

Just a short walk from the beach, Pasithea villas offer indepedent villas located in Frangokastelo Village. The property is 2.3 km from Fortress of Frangokastelo. Free WiFi is available, while free private parking is also possible.

Opening to a balcony with Libyan Sea views, accommodation will provide you with a satellite TV, air conditioning and a fireplace. There is a full kitchen, including an oven with hobs and a refrigerator. There is also a private bathroom in every villa with a washing machine and hairdryer.

Various tavernas and grocery stores are 300 metres from the property. At Pasithea villas you will find a garden.

Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is located 89 km away.




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Located 700 metres from the beach of Orthi Ammos, Captain Tom is set amidst a large garden with swimming pool surrounded by a sun terrace. Its studios and apartments enjoy free WiFi access.

The air-conditioned studios and apartments at Captain Tom are spacious each with a private balcony with sun shades. They include a kitchenette with a fridge, a 42″, flat-screen, satellite TV and an en-suite bathroom with shower.

Guests can relax on the sun beds by the swimming pool or enjoy a coffee, continental breakfast or various snacks on request.

Within only 1 km, you can visit the Venetian castle of Fragocastello which dates back to the 14th century. The town of Rethymno is 52 km away. Free parking is available near the premises.

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