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Kydoni Gorge

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In the mountainous region of Kydonia near Chania, nestled at the base of the White Mountains, you’ll find the picturesque Kydoni gorge. Named after the area, not the Greek word for “quince” which is also kydoni, this gorge is one of the most verdant in Crete, boasting lush vegetation with trees towering over twenty meters high. The journey begins in the village of Karanou, starting at the site of an ancient fountain. A downhill path takes you through a breathtaking centuries-old olive grove, past the church of Saint Demetrius (Agios Dimitrios) with its remnants of old frescoes, and finally to the stream bed. The greenery is abundant throughout the gorge, with sunlight only filtering through in a few places, making it a perfect spot for a cool walk on a hot, sunny day.

The trail that traverses the gorge is one of the most well-marked in Crete, with signs posted every 500 meters indicating the distance. The entire route is 2 km long, ending where the Kydoni stream meets the Platanias river tributary, Mavropiliotis, in the Mavra Pila area. The name Mavra Pila translates to “dark muddy soil” in the Cretan dialect, a fitting description for the blackish soil that turns into black mud when wet.

The trail continues from the end of the Kydoni gorge into the Boriano gorge, which runs parallel to Kydoni and originates from the Boriana neighborhood in Karanou. The Kydoni stream is typically dry throughout the year, only filling with water during the heavy rains of winter. Along the route, there are 2-3 small waterfalls, with the tallest one crossed by a charming wooden bridge that leads to a rock shelter adorned with small stalactites. The descent through Kydoni takes about an hour of hiking. Towards the bottom of the gorge, you’ll find two old trails leading to the nearby settlement of Skordalou.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is Kydoni Gorge?

Kydoni Gorge is a hiking gorge located in Chania, Greece.

What type of gorge is Kydoni Gorge?

Kydoni Gorge is a hiking gorge with a signed trail.

Is there water in Kydoni Gorge?

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

How accessible is Kydoni Gorge?

Kydoni Gorge is easily accessible via a paved road.

How long is Kydoni Gorge?

Kydoni Gorge is 2 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Kydoni Gorge?

Kydoni Gorge has a difficulty level of 1 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Kydoni Gorge?

It takes approximately 1 hour to hike Kydoni Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Kydoni Gorge?

The altitude difference in Kydoni Gorge is 50 meters.

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