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Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli

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Situated 22km south of Rethymno, Kourtaliotis Gorge, with its stunning 3km length, stands as one of Rethymno’s most breathtaking natural wonders. The gorge originates from the village of Koxare, weaving its way between the towering Kouroupa and Koules mountains of the Xiro Oros range. The dramatic cliffs of the gorge, reaching heights of up to 600 meters, house numerous caves and openings, offering a home to a variety of unique fauna.

This majestic landscape is adorned by the Kourtaliotis River, which continues its course until it merges with the Frati Gorge and ultimately leads to Lake Preveli, taking on the name Megalos River in its final stages.

The beauty of this gorge can be experienced by following a paved road that cuts through the canyon. Steps from the Koxare-Asomatos street will guide you to the gorge’s base, where you’ll find the chapel of the local Saint Nicholas Kourtaliotis. One of the standout attractions here are the springs of Kourtaliotis, nestled near the chapel. Further exploration reveals Kourtaliotis’ stunning waterfall, accessible by swimming from a lower river level, leading to a darker, narrower part of the gorge.

A trek along the river takes you to the Megalos River bridge and onwards to Preveli’s palm beach. Kourtaliotiko gorge is a treasure trove of aesthetics, biodiversity, and ecological significance. Beyond its dense Cretan Date Palm trees, the second-largest palm forest on Crete, the gorge’s slopes are home to lush vegetation. The river’s estuary features sand dunes and formations of protected marine plants like Posidonia. It also provides a habitat for local species like the tortoise and freshwater snake.

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Where is Kourtaliotis Gorge located?

Kourtaliotis Gorge is located 22km south of Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

What type of gorge is Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli?

Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli?

Yes, there is water all year round in Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli, thanks to the springs.

How accessible is Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli?

Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli is accessible via a paved road.

How long is Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli?

Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli is 7 km long.

How difficult is Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli?

Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli has a difficulty level of 3 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli?

It takes approximately 4 hours to hike Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli.

What is the altitude difference in Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli?

The altitude difference in Kourtaliotis Gorge at Preveli is 210.

 

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Leading onto a terrace with garden views, the air-conditioned villa consists of 2 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen.

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The aparthotel provides guests with a terrace, mountain views, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge, and a private bathroom with hot tub and a hair dryer. A balcony with garden views is offered in each unit.

Villa Frati Gorge offers a picnic area.

A car rental service is available at the accommodation.

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The villa provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and a private bathroom with shower and bathrobes. A fridge, a stovetop and kitchenware are also featured, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Porti Villas Aphrodite offers a barbecue.

In addition to a year-round outdoor pool, the accommodation also offers a kids pool.

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Porti Villas Iraklis offers a year-round outdoor pool.

If you would like to discover the area, cycling, fishing and hiking are possible in the surroundings and the accommodation can arrange a car rental service.

Museum of Ancient Eleftherna is 45 km from Porti Villas Iraklis, while Psiloritis National Park is 46 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 88 km from the villa.

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The accommodation offers a hot tub.

Guests at Villa Erofili Plakias south Rethimno Crete can enjoy fishing and hiking nearby, or make the most of the garden.

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The accommodation is equipped with a seating area with a satellite flat-screen TV, CD player, and DVD player. Some units feature a terrace and/or balcony with sea or mountain views. There is also a dining area and a kitchen fitted with a dishwasher and oven.

A microwave and coffee machine are also available. Every unit comes with a private bathroom with a hot tub. The villa offers free private parking on-site

Villa Despina 1 Plakias Private Villa, Private Swimming Pool Garden,Amazing View also includes a sauna. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

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