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Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo)

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The Twin Ravines, or Kollita Gorges, can be found near the charming village of Argyroupolis, approximately 22km southwest of the city of Rethymnon. The name refers to the two parallel canyons that conclude near the village of Kato Poros. The easternmost canyon, Moundros Gorge, is bordered by the Vigla peak (567m) to the east and the Nissiani hill to the west, where you can find the abandoned settlement of Nissi. Adjacent to Moundros Gorge to the west, is the Vilandredo Gorge, named after the village at its entrance and often referred to as Kollita Gorge.

The gorges offer an ideal hiking experience for novices due to their ease and stunning surroundings. It’s a perfect outing for groups of friends – park your car in Kato Poros or Argyroupolis, explore the Moundriano canyon, and return via the second Kollita Gorge for a round trip.

A suggested itinerary for the two gorges starts in the verdant Argiroupoli, built on the site of the ancient city of Lappa. From there, head east to the village of Moundros, known for its springs, fountains, and beautiful Venetian architecture. Don’t miss a stroll through the narrow streets of Moundros and a visit to the churches of Saint Constantine, Saints Anargyri (11th century), and Saint Nicholas. Near Moundros, you’ll find the deserted settlement of Nissi, notable for its impressive stone structures.

From the village, make your way to the northern entrance of the lush Moundros Gorge, which leads to the village of Velonado. A well-marked path descends to the riverbed, which is typically full of water. The canyon boasts towering plane trees and several freshwater ponds. After about a 1.5-hour walk, you’ll reach the southern entrance of Moundriano Gorge near Velonado.

Exiting the canyon, head west on the asphalt road to the entrance of the second canyon, Kollita Gorge, near Vilandredo. This canyon is even more impressive than Moundriano, filled with plane trees and a path that runs along the riverbed. The most breathtaking part of the canyon is where its towering walls nearly touch, creating a very narrow passage. Along the slopes of the gorge, you’ll spot numerous fig and holly trees. After a total of four hours, you’ll exit the canyon, which once supplied water to the Roman baths of Lappa, now Argyroupolis.

Following the old stone path amidst laurels, myrtles, and hollies, you’ll reach Kato Poros and the area of Pente Parthenes (Five Virgins). Here, you’ll find a spring under the perennial plane tree of Pente Parthenes, the chapel of the Five Virgins, and the Hellenistic and Roman tombs of Lappa. From here, the trail broadens and leads back to the lush green Argiroupoli. In Argiroupoli, be sure to visit the Venetian buildings, churches, and picturesque alleyways. The springs of Argyroupolis are a popular attraction, particularly the spring in the cavernous chapel of Agia Dynami. The area is lush with several small waterfalls and numerous restaurants.

Most frequent asked questions

What is Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo)?

Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo) is a hiking gorge located in the region of Rethymno.

What type of gorge is Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo)?

Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo) is a hiking gorge with a signed trail that is part of the E4 trail.

What is the water situation like in Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo)?

There is water available until the spring and there are also springs in Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo).

How accessible is Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo)?

Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo) is accessible via a paved road.

What is the length of Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo)?

Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo) is 4 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo) on a scale of 1 to 10?

Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo) has a difficulty level of 2 out of 10.

How long does it take to hike Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo)?

It takes approximately 2.5 hours to hike Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo).

What is the altitude difference in Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo)?

The altitude difference in Kollita Gorges (Vilandredo) is 180.

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