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Margarites Gorge

  • Margarites Gorge


Margarites is a village in the province of Milopotamos, well known for its marvellous architecture and traditional pottery. However, in the wider area of the villages of Margarites, Orthe and Eleftherna appear a series of small, parallel gorges. Small streams such as Margaritianos flow towards the north and are tributaries of the Geropotamos River. The gorges are developed in white-yellow marly limestone of the Upper Miocene period (8-10 million years ago) as a result of the uplift of the whole area and the erosion by water.

The most impressive characteristics of the gorges are the rich flora and the unique surroundings. Small clusters of the horizontally branched cypresses (Cupressus sempervirens var horizontal) are mixed with low shrubs, wildflowers and aromatic plants. Small paths have been developed by the local authorities that introduce visitors to the beauty of the area.



Where is Margarites Gorge located?

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

What is the length of Margarites Gorge?

The length of Margarites Gorge is approximately 3 kilometers.

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.

Gorge Type

  • Hiking gorge

Accessible by

  • Paved road


  • Water till spring

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