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Kavis Gorge

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The Iligas Gorge, also known as Kavis, begins south of the Kastro peak in the White Mountains, near the abandoned village of Kali Laki, and concludes at the Iligas beach, approximately 2.5 kilometres west of Chora Sfakion. Despite its proximity to Chora Sfakion, the Kavis canyon, one of the longest and most untamed in the Sfakia region, remains a hidden gem. Most visitors are unaware of its existence and instead enjoy a swim at the beach where the gorge ends. The riverbed is typically dry unless it has been raining for several hours. The Kavis canyon also includes five additional sub-gorges, which are equally wild.

The Kavis gorge begins at an elevation of 1080 meters at the Rekti location. However, it is advised to avoid crossing its upper part due to the need for a rope. The most accessible route to the riverbed is through the dilapidated village of Mouri or above Anopolis, where a road leads to the Achlada location. From there, a trail leads to the riverbed, where the Byzantine chapel dedicated to the Holy Cross (Timios Stavros) is located. This chapel, filled with frescoes, has been neglected and forgotten by local authorities. The region’s only water spring is located opposite the Holy Cross in a cave on the path leading to Mouri. From this point, it takes about three hours to trek to the exit, with some descents being 2-3m high.

Another point of interest in the Kavis gorge is the cave where Basias, the chieftain of the Selino province, died during the Ottoman period. The primary section of the canyon is enveloped by a pristine forest of cypress and maple trees, one of Crete’s largest woods. As you near the sea, the forest transitions into towering cliffs with trees clinging to their sides. The riverbed is generally broad but can narrow to half a meter at certain points. Just before reaching the sea, you’ll find a stone-paved trail (similar to the Aradena Gorge trail) which descends on one side and ascends on the other, serving as the only walking route from Chora Sfakion to Anopolis.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is Kavis Gorge?

Kavis Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the Chania region.

What type of gorge is Kavis Gorge?

Kavis Gorge is a hiking gorge.

What is the water situation like in Kavis Gorge?

Kavis Gorge is generally dry, but there are some springs.

How accessible is Kavis Gorge?

Kavis Gorge is accessible by walking.

How long is Kavis Gorge?

Kavis Gorge is 12 km long.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult is Kavis Gorge?

Kavis Gorge has a difficulty rating of 3 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Kavis Gorge?

It takes approximately 4 hours to hike Kavis Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Kavis Gorge?

The altitude difference in Kavis Gorge is 1500 meters.

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Stays near Kavis Gorge

  • 9.6 / 10
  • Sfakia, Hora Sfakion

Located in Khóra Sfakíon, within 100 metres of Vrissi Beach and less than 1 km of Ilingas Beach, The Authentic Village Boutique Hotel provides accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring luggage storage space, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The property is allergy-free and is set 1.4 km from Ammoudi Beach.

At the hotel every room is equipped with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, bathrobes and slippers. Rooms include a kettle, while selected rooms have a patio and others also provide guests with garden views. At The Authentic Village Boutique Hotel all rooms come with bed linen and towels.

The nearest airport is Chania International, 76.5Km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

No breakfast on-site, instead, we offer a 10% discount in the local traditional bakery every morning during your stay.

Our property is not suitable for people with any walking issues, or mobility difficulties.




  • 980 m
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Χώρα Σφακίων

Boasting inner courtyard views, Braos Villa features accommodation with a balcony and a kettle, around 100 metres from Vrissi Beach. With quiet street views, this accommodation provides a patio.

The air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a coffee machine, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub and an a bath or shower. A flat-screen TV with streaming services is available.

Ilingas Beach is 1.1 km from the apartment, while Ammoudi Beach is 1.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 77 km from Braos Villa.

  • 1.0 km
  • 9.2 / 10
  • Επαρ.Οδ.Χώρας Σφακίων - Βρυσσών

Jacuzzi maisonette in Sfakia center ‘New 2023’ has a terrace and is located in Khóra Sfakíon, within just 1.1 km of Ilingas Beach and 1.9 km of Ammoudi Beach. The accommodation is 100 metres from the Vrissi Beach and features free WiFithroughout the property.

The air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a coffee machine, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub and a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment.

The apartment offers a hot tub. A car rental service is available at Jacuzzi maisonette in Sfakia center ‘New 2023’.

Fortress of Frangokastello is 15 km from the accommodation, while Historical – Folklore Museum of Gavalochori is 46 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International, 77 km from Jacuzzi maisonette in Sfakia center ‘New 2023’, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

  • 1.0 km
  • 9 / 10
  • Chora Sfakion

Located on the sea front of Chora Sfakion and just 10 metres from the Libyan Sea, the hotel Samaria by the Sea features 11 rooms with balcony and sea view. Free WiFi is offered throughout the entire property.

All air-conditioned units come with direct Libyan Sea view as well as the surrounding mountain view. They feature a TV with satellite channels, and a refrigerator. They also include a bathroom with bath or shower and free toiletries.

Guests can start their day with a Greek Continental breakfast served at the hotel’s outdoor terrace restaurant area. Hotel’s restaurant also includes a bar with snack options available.

Vrissi Beach is just around the corner while Iliggas and Ammoudi Beaches are within a 5-minute drive from Samaria by the Sea. Chania International Airport is at 80 km. Free private parking is possible on site upon availability.




  • 1.1 km
  • 9.4 / 10
  • Hora Sfakion

Located in Sfakiá, 400 metres from Vrissi Beach, panorama new generation provides accommodation with a terrace, free private parking and a bar. The property is situated 1.4 km from Ilingas Beach, 1.5 km from Ammoudi Beach and 2.4 km from Fylaki Beach. Agios Charalambos Beach is 2.4 km away and Fortress of Frangokastello is 15 km from the hotel.

At the hotel, rooms are equipped with a balcony with a sea view. With a private bathroom equipped with a hairdryer, rooms at panorama new generation also provide guests with free WiFi, while some rooms here will provide you with pool view. At the accommodation, every room comes with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

Historical – Folklore Museum of Gavalochori is 45 km from panorama new generation. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 76 km from the hotel.




  • 1.3 km
  • 9.6 / 10
  • Ανώπολη Σφακίων , Χανιά Κρήτης

Located in Anopoli Sfakion and only 25 km from Fortress of Frangokastello, Madares Apartments Anopolis provides accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This apartment offers air-conditioned accommodation with a patio.

The apartment comes with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a terrace with sea views.

If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible in the surroundings.

The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 87 km from the apartment.

  • 2.7 km

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