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Koudoumas Gorge

Gorge description

The Koudoumas or Kofinas gorge starts at an elevation of 1000m near the base of Kofinas, the tallest peak of the Asterousia Range, and concludes at the Koudoumas Monastery beach. Its initial segment is a technical gorge of exceptional beauty, locally known as Katarraktis (Waterfall) or Keadas (Kenad). The total descents in the gorge leading to Koudoumas monastery are 18, with the highest reaching 38m. The upper section is only accessible with canyoning gear and was first explored in 2004 by Kostas Psarakis and Manolis Kambourakis, and bolted in 2017 by the Asterusia Adventure Team (Manos Petrakis, George Makrygiannakis, Nikos Foukakis, Savvas Paragmaian, Giannis Aggelis, Christina Aggelidou, Savvas Eftychis, and Dimitris Karatarakis).

It is possible to descend the gorge without technical equipment by navigating around the Katarraktis section. However, caution is required due to the area’s steep slopes, unstable ground, and lack of marked trails, which can strain the knees.

As you descend, the initial vegetation is predominantly cypress and oak trees, but as you near sea level, pine trees become more prevalent.

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Koudoumas Gorge located?

Koudoumas Gorge is located in the Heraklion Region of Crete, Greece.

What is the length of Koudoumas Gorge?

The length of Koudoumas Gorge is approximately 3.5 kilometers.

How long does it take to hike Koudoumas Gorge?

It takes approximately 3.5 hours to hike Koudoumas Gorge.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Koudoumas Gorge?

The hiking difficulty level in Koudoumas Gorge is considered moderate to difficult, as it involves steep ascents and descents, narrow paths, and rocky terrain.

What is the best time to visit Koudoumas Gorge?

The best time to visit Koudoumas Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the vegetation is lush. It is not recommended to visit during the summer months due to the high temperatures and risk of wildfires.

Is it necessary to have a guide to hike in Koudoumas Gorge?

While it is not necessary to have a guide to hike in Koudoumas Gorge, it is recommended for safety reasons and to fully appreciate the natural beauty and history of the area.

What are some of the highlights of Koudoumas Gorge?

Some of the highlights of Koudoumas Gorge include the stunning views of the Libyan Sea, the natural rock formations, the ancient ruins of a Minoan settlement, and the diverse flora and fauna.

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The holiday home is fitted with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area.

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All units are air-conditioned and some of them feature a seating area with a flat-screen TV, and a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area. Some units have a terrace and/or a balcony with mountain or inner courtyard views.

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The country house comes with a TV. The kitchen has a fridge, a stovetop and a minibar and there is shower with slippers and free toiletries.

Spa and wellness facilities are at guests’ disposal during their stay at the country house, including a wellness packages and on-request massage treatments. If you would like to discover the area, cycling, hiking and walking tours are possible in the surroundings and Wooden House at the Mountain-private can arrange a bicycle rental service.

Phaistos is 42 km from the accommodation, while Museum of Cretan Ethnology is 43 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 54 km from Wooden House at the Mountain-private, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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This apartment has 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with a fridge and a stovetop, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom fitted with an a bath or shower. Towels and bed linen are available in the apartment.

A car rental service is available at the apartment.

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The apartment is equipped with 4 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with streaming services and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with an oven, a toaster, a washing machine, a fridge and a stovetop. Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment.

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Sunset Home Crete offers a picnic area.

A an indoor play area is also available at the accommodation, while guests can also relax in the garden.

Kolovrechtis Beach is 600 metres from Sunset Home Crete, while Nikos Kazantzakis Museum is 48 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 57 km from the apartment, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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