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Margarites Gorge

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Margarites is a renowned village in the Milopotamos province, celebrated for its stunning architecture and traditional pottery. The broader region, encompassing the villages of Margarites, Orthe and Eleftherna, is characterized by a sequence of small, parallel gorges. Tiny watercourses like Margaritianos meander northwards, contributing to the Geropotamos River. These gorges are carved into the white-yellow marly limestone from the Upper Miocene era (8-10 million years ago), a result of the area’s uplift and water erosion.

The gorges’ most striking features are their abundant flora and extraordinary environment. Small groups of horizontally branched cypresses (Cupressus sempervirens var horizontal) blend with low shrubs, wildflowers, and aromatic plants. The local authorities have fashioned small trails that reveal the area’s beauty to visitors.


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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Margarites Gorge located?

Margarites Gorge is located in the Rethymno Region of Crete, Greece.

Is Margarites Gorge suitable for hiking?

Yes, Margarites Gorge is suitable for hiking. However, it is recommended to have proper hiking gear and to be in good physical condition.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Margarites Gorge?

The difficulty level of hiking in Margarites Gorge is moderate. There are some steep and rocky parts, but it is generally manageable for most hikers.

What is the best time to visit Margarites Gorge?

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

Are there any entrance fees for Margarites Gorge?

No, there are no entrance fees for Margarites Gorge.

Is it safe to hike in Margarites Gorge?

Yes, it is generally safe to hike in Margarites Gorge. However, it is important to be cautious and aware of your surroundings, especially during rainy or windy weather.

What are some of the highlights of Margarites Gorge?

Some of the highlights of Margarites Gorge include the stunning natural scenery, the crystal-clear waters of the river, and the impressive rock formations.

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