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Kritsa Gorge

Gorge description

The Kritsa Gorge, located 9.5km southwest of Agios Nikolaos, begins near the charming village of Kritsa and concludes at Tapes village. This 4 km long gorge, at some points, is only 1.5m wide. It is fairly easy to navigate, with a few areas requiring caution, where large rocks need to be climbed over. However, it is not advisable to visit the gorge following rainfall, as the resulting ponds can obstruct the paths.

The canyon’s entrance near Kritsa is striking. The mountain is split in two, creating the narrow Havgas passage (Havgas is a common term for gorges in East Crete). In addition to the main trail that begins near Kritsa’s stone bridge, there is an alternate path that starts in the village itself.

Close to the trailhead, you’ll find a large rock that can be scaled with relative ease. Beyond this point, the canyon becomes even more breathtaking, with slender passages and towering walls that block out sunlight. This natural wonder is particularly beautiful in spring when flowers are in bloom and water levels are low. The walls eventually recede, revealing a picturesque valley filled with olive groves. If you continue along the riverbed for approximately 1.5 hours, you’ll arrive at the lovely village of Tapes, where you can relax at the local coffee shop.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is Kritsa Gorge?

Kritsa Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the Lasithi region of Greece.

Is there water in Kritsa Gorge?

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

How accessible is Kritsa Gorge?

Kritsa Gorge is accessible via a paved road.

How long is Kritsa Gorge?

Kritsa Gorge is 4 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Kritsa Gorge?

Kritsa Gorge has a difficulty level of 3 out of 10.

How long does it take to hike Kritsa Gorge?

It takes approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours to hike Kritsa Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Kritsa Gorge?

The altitude difference in Kritsa Gorge is 150 meters.
 

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Stays near Kritsa Gorge

  • 7.4 / 10
  • Κριτσοτοπουλας

Situated in Kritsá, 10 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) and 11 km from Agios Nikolaos Port, Xobli House 18ths’ century renovated micro house offers air conditioning. The property features mountain and city views, and is 11 km from Lake Voulismeni.

The holiday home with a terrace and sea views has 1 bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are available in the holiday home.

Hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

Lixnostatis Folk Museum is 38 km from the holiday home, while Aquaworld Aquarium is 40 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 61 km from Xobli House 18ths’ century renovated micro house.

  • 1.2 km
  • 10 / 10
  • Κριτσωτοπούλας

Situated in Kritsá, 10 km from Lake Voulismeni and 10 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa), Casa Villaggio Kritsa features air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. This apartment is 11 km from Agios Nikolaos Port and 38 km from Lixnostatis Folk Museum.

The 2-bedroom apartment features a living room with a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with oven and microwave, and 1 bathroom with a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are available in the apartment.

Aquaworld Aquarium is 40 km from the apartment, while Labyrinth Park is 44 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 61 km from Casa Villaggio Kritsa.

  • 1.4 km
  • Κριτσάς

Boasting city views, Δυάρι Διαμέρισμα με μπαλκόνι στην Κριτσά features accommodation with a terrace, around 10 km from Lake Voulismeni. This apartment provides accommodation with a balcony.

This apartment features 1 bedroom, a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom fitted with a bath. Towels and bed linen are available in the apartment.

Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 9.4 km from the apartment, while Agios Nikolaos Port is 11 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 61 km from Δυάρι Διαμέρισμα με μπαλκόνι στην Κριτσά.

  • 1.8 km
  • 7 / 10
  • Skepasmenou Potamou

Set in Kritsá, 10 km from Lake Voulismeni and 9.3 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa), Solomon Premium House offers air conditioning. It has a shared lounge, mountain views and free WiFithroughout the property.

The apartment is fitted with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with sea views.

The apartment offers a sun terrace.

Agios Nikolaos Port is 11 km from Solomon Premium House, while Lixnostatis Folk Museum is 38 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 61 km from the accommodation.

  • 1.9 km
  • 8.4 / 10
  • Σκεπασμένου Ποταμού

Set in Kritsá, 9.3 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) and 11 km from Agios Nikolaos Port, [kritsa house] offers air conditioning. The accommodation is 10 km from the Lake Voulismeni and features free WiFithroughout the property.

The apartment comes with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with mountain views.

Guests at the apartment can enjoy hiking nearby, or make the most of the sun terrace.

Lixnostatis Folk Museum is 38 km from [kritsa house], while Aquaworld Aquarium is 41 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 61 km from the accommodation.

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  • 1.9 km
  • 8 / 10
  • Skepasmenou Potamou

Set in Kritsá, 10 km from Lake Voulismeni and 9.3 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa), Solomon Royal Garden offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. The property has garden and city views, and is 11 km from Agios Nikolaos Port.

The apartment is fitted with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with mountain views.

Guests can also relax in the garden.

Lixnostatis Folk Museum is 38 km from the apartment, while Aquaworld Aquarium is 41 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 61 km from Solomon Royal Garden.

  • 1.9 km

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