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Klados Gorge

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Klados Gorge, located in Crete, is renowned as one of the most perilous and inaccessible gorges. The beginning of the canyon is situated at Kokkinovari, on a precipitous slope that’s about 90-100 meters high. The extremely steep and unstable terrain makes it impossible to access, even with technical gear. Thus, the only means to witness a portion of this natural masterpiece is by trekking from the stunning Domata beach or by following the riverbed for about three hours until you reach the Klados exit.

Starting from Domata, you can venture into the canyon for approximately three hours, covering a significant distance. As you proceed, the canyon walls narrow dramatically, presenting a breathtaking spectacle. However, your journey is eventually hindered by a steep drop known as Letzara, forcing you to backtrack to the beach.

From this point onwards, only a handful of seasoned climbers have managed to navigate Klados successfully, overcoming the numerous waterfalls. In the spring, when the snow melts, landslides are a common occurrence throughout the entire length of the canyon.

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Most frequent asked questions

What type of gorge is Klados Gorge?

Klados Gorge is a narrow and steep gorge.

Is there water in Klados Gorge?

Yes, there is water in Klados Gorge until the spring.

What are the ways to access Klados Gorge?

Klados Gorge can be accessed by boat or by walking.

How long is Klados Gorge?

Klados Gorge is 5 kilometers long.

What is the difficulty level of Klados Gorge from a total of 10?

Klados Gorge has a difficulty level of 7 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Klados Gorge?

It takes approximately 12 hours to hike Klados Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Klados Gorge?

The altitude difference in Klados Gorge is 1650 meters.

Where is Klados Gorge located?

Klados Gorge is located in the region of Chania.

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Stays near Klados Gorge

  • 8.8 / 10
  • Agia Roumeli

Set 400 metres from the centre and featuring a restaurant serving homemade dishes prepared with local produce, the family-run Sweet Corner Masxali offers pet-friendly accommodation, 350 metres from Agia Roumeli Port.

All units are air conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is also a kitchen, equipped with a refrigerator. There is a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer in each unit. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Sweet Corner Masxali also includes a sun terrace. Guests can enjoy a meal and delicious breakfast at the on-site restaurant. At the restaurant you will also find traditional meals with locally produced ingredients. The property also offers packed lunches. Free sun loungers and umbrellas are available on the beach.

You can engage in various activities, such as snorkeling and diving, while 2 water bikes and 6 canoes can be provided free of charge. Free shuttle service from Agia Roumeli Port is provided.




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  • Agia Roumeli, Sfakia

Located 60 metres from the beach of Agia Roumeli, the quietly located Artemis Studios offers split-level, self-catering accommodation with side sea view towards west, garden or mountain views from its balcony. It features a family-run restaurant.

The air-conditioned studios of Artemis have an open-plan kitchenette with seating and dining area. Each is equipped with a fridge and cooking hobs. The private bathroom comes with shower and free toiletries. Free WiFi is offered.

Guests can start their day with a continental breakfast served daily at the Artemis Restaurant, where traditional Cretan dishes can also be enjoyed at discounted prices for lunch or dinner.

Mini markets can be found within a short walk from the property. The village of Agia Roumeli is accessible either by crossing the Samaria Gorge or by ferry from Sfakia, Sougia or Paleochora. Guests have the chance to participate in a 4-day activity programme at Samaria Gorge.




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  • Agia Roumeli Sfakion

Calypso Hotel is located just 20 metres from the beach, in Agia Roumeli village. It features rooms with air conditioning and a furnished balcony with Libyan Sea views. The on-site café-restaurant serves breakfast.

Calypso rooms are fitted with tiled floors and wooden ceilings and include a refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi access is offered in all public areas.

Sun beds and umbrellas are available on the beach at an extra charge. Staff can provide information on organized excursions, such as a hike of the Samaria Gorge.

Calypso Hotel is 75 km from Chania. Nearby Sfakia and Loutro are accessible by boat. Free public and private parking are available.




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  • Αγία Ρουμέλη

Located in Agia Roumeli, 200 metres from Agia Roumeli Beach, Paradise features rooms with sea views and free WiFi. There is a restaurant serving Greek cuisine, and free private parking is available.

At the hotel each room has air conditioning, a wardrobe, a balcony with a city view, a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

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The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 88 km from the accommodation.

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