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Kouroukoulos Gorge

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Gorge description

The undiscovered Kouroukoulos gorge originates from the abandoned village of Agalianos, located in the Merambelo district of Lasithi prefecture. The old trail from the village leads us to the Lagos stream, which is suitable for hiking along its entire length. Initially, the terrain is dominated by oak trees, but as we get closer to the sea, the vegetation changes to brushwood and oregano.

To the west of Kouroukoulos lies the Patsopoulos Gorge, separated by a thin strip of rugged, rocky land known as Spathi. From the peak of Spathi, one can enjoy views of both canyons. Just before reaching the sea, the two canyons merge into one. The Kokkinos Detis (Red Cliff), a spot of exceptional beauty in the gorge, is home to a variety of rare, mostly endemic, plants that thrive in rock crevices.

Close to the sea exit, there is a quaint chapel dedicated to St. Luke, a local hermit who was fatally struck by an arrow in the canyon. Beneath the chapel lies St. Luke’s cave, from which “holy” water drips. A little further on from the chapel, the gorge opens out onto the pebble-filled Kouroukoulos beach, boasting a captivating underwater landscape. On the beach’s eastern side, a sea cave beneath the cliff leads to the delightful pebble beach of Kakia Naspa (Evil Landslide), an excellent spot for swimming.

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Kouroukoulos Gorge located?

Kouroukoulos Gorge is located in the Lasithi Region of Crete, Greece.

What is the length of Kouroukoulos Gorge?

The length of Kouroukoulos Gorge is approximately 3 kilometers.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Kouroukoulos Gorge?

The hiking difficulty level in Kouroukoulos Gorge is moderate to difficult, with some steep and rocky sections.

What is the best time to visit Kouroukoulos Gorge?

The best time to visit Kouroukoulos Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the vegetation is lush.

Is there an entrance fee to visit Kouroukoulos Gorge?

No, there is no entrance fee to visit Kouroukoulos Gorge.

Are there any guided tours available for Kouroukoulos Gorge?

Yes, there are guided tours available for Kouroukoulos Gorge, which can be arranged through local tour operators.

What should I bring with me when visiting Kouroukoulos Gorge?

You should bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water, and a camera to capture the stunning views.

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