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Litheos River Gorge

  • Litheos River Gorge


Litheos Potamos (Lethean River) collects water from the basin of Gergeri and Panassos in the southeastern roots of Psiloritis. It continues its course as a wide river from Apomarma, during which many vertical streams meet the mainstream. Throughout its course, one meets many dilapidated watermills and the ancient aqueduct that transferred water from Gergeri to Gortyn.

Shortly before ancient Gortyn, the stream meets soft limestone and turns into the Gorge of Litheos, which passes beneath the acropolis of Gortyn. The canyon can be crossed by a trail coming along the west side of the gorge. In ancient Gortyn, the gorge turns back into a flat river, passes next to the evergreen plane tree of Gortyn and crosses the ancient city. Then it flows through the village Mitropolis (so it is also known as Mitropolianos River) and finally empties into river Geropotamos.



Where is Litheos River Gorge located?

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

What is Litheos River Gorge?

Litheos River Gorge is a natural gorge formed by the Litheos River that runs through the Heraklion Region of Crete, Greece. It is a popular destination for hiking and exploring the natural beauty of the island.

How long is Litheos River Gorge?

The Litheos River Gorge is approximately 5 kilometers long.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Litheos River Gorge?

The hiking difficulty level in Litheos River Gorge is moderate to difficult, with some steep and rocky sections. It is recommended for experienced hikers.

What is the best time to visit Litheos River Gorge?

The best time to visit Litheos River 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 high temperatures.

Is there an entrance fee to Litheos River Gorge?

No, there is no entrance fee to Litheos River Gorge. It is open to the public and free to explore.

What should I bring when visiting Litheos River Gorge?

When visiting Litheos River Gorge, it is recommended to bring sturdy hiking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat. It is also recommended to bring a map or GPS device as the trail can be difficult to navigate.

Gorge Type

Accessible by

  • Paved road


  • Water till spring

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