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Martsalo Gorge

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The Martsalo Gorge, stretching around 2km, is nestled on the southern coast of the rugged Asterousia Range. It collects rainwater from the Aginara region, near the Panagia Odigitria Monastery and eventually flows out onto Martsalo beach. Initially, a well-kept short trail leads from the closest dirt road to the historic church of Panagia Martsaliani. This ancient church, dating back to the early Christian era, is believed to have served as a catacomb, providing refuge for the first Christians. Surrounding the church, one can find hermit cells carved into the rocks and remnants of old structures.

From this point, it’s a relatively easy descent into the gorge’s bed, leading to the picturesque Martsalo beach. According to local lore, the Apostle Paul briefly landed here during his journey to Rome. The path to the beach is dotted with clusters of Cretan date palm trees, forming the second largest colony in Asterousia, only surpassed by the palm forest of Agios Nikitas.

Most frequent asked questions

What is Martsalo Gorge?

Martsalo Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the region of Heraklion.

What type of gorge is Martsalo Gorge?

Martsalo Gorge is a hiking gorge.

What is the water situation like in Martsalo Gorge?

Generally, Martsalo Gorge is dry.

How accessible is Martsalo Gorge?

Martsalo Gorge is accessible via a dirt track.

How long is Martsalo Gorge?

Martsalo Gorge is 2 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Martsalo Gorge?

On a scale of 1 to 10, the difficulty level of Martsalo Gorge is 2.

How many hours does it take to hike Martsalo Gorge?

It takes approximately 1 hour to hike Martsalo Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Martsalo Gorge?

The altitude difference in Martsalo Gorge is 170.

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Stays near Martsalo Gorge

  • 8.6 / 10
  • Kali Limenes

Situated 100 metres from Psili Ammos Beach, Theaktis Homes offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi.

The holiday home provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and a private bathroom with walk-in shower and a hair dryer. A fridge, a stovetop and kitchenware are also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

At Theaktis Homes you will find a restaurant serving Greek and grill bbq cuisine.

A car rental service is available at the accommodation.

Kaloi Limenes Beach is 200 metres from Theaktis Homes, while Makria Ammos Beach is less than 1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 72 km from the holiday home.

  • 2.7 km
  • 8.9 / 10
  • Chrysostomos, Kaloi Limenes

Situated a few steps from Kaloi Limenes Beach, Marousa Apartments features accommodation with pool with a view, a garden and a shared kitchen for your convenience. Free WiFi is offeredthroughout the property.

Offering a terrace or balcony with views of the sea and mountain, the units feature air conditioning, a seating area, cable TV and kitchen. An oven, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

A car rental service is available at the apartment.

Psili Ammos Beach is 300 metres from Marousa Apartments, while Makria Ammos Beach is 800 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 71 km from the accommodation.

  • 2.7 km
  • 9 / 10
  • Unamed road, Kaloi Limenes, Heraklion Prefecture

Set in Kali Limenes, a few steps from Kaloi Limenes Beach and 300 metres from Psili Ammos Beach, Beach Front Condo South Crete offers barbecue facilities and air conditioning. This beachfront property offers access to free WiFi and free private parking.

The apartment with a balcony and sea views has 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the apartment.

The apartment offers a range of wellness facilities including a wellness packages and a beauty services. A car rental service is available at Beach Front Condo South Crete, while skiing and hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

Makria Ammos Beach is 800 metres from the accommodation, while Phaistos is 19 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 71 km from Beach Front Condo South Crete.

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€153

/night

  • 2.8 km
  • 8 / 10
  • Main Street 1

Located in Kali Limenes, 70 metres from Kaloi Limenes Beach and 300 metres from Psili Ammos Beach, Seaside Apartment-Dimitra offers free bikes and air conditioning. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony and free WiFi.

The apartment with a terrace and sea views features 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 provided in the apartment.

The apartment offers a barbecue. If you would like to discover the area, canoeing is possible in the surroundings.

Makria Ammos Beach is 700 metres from Seaside Apartment-Dimitra, while Phaistos is 19 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 71 km from the accommodation.

  • 2.8 km
  • 8 / 10
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Set in Kali Limenes, 70 metres from Kaloi Limenes Beach and 300 metres from Psili Ammos Beach, Seaside Apartment-George offers free bikes and air conditioning. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony and free WiFi.

The apartment 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 offered in the apartment.

The apartment offers a barbecue. If you would like to discover the area, diving, fishing and canoeing are possible in the surroundings.

Makria Ammos Beach is 700 metres from Seaside Apartment-George, while Phaistos is 19 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 71 km from the accommodation.

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  • Eparchiaki Odos Alithinis - Pigaidakion, Karavovrisi

Set 1 km from Kali Limenes and 4.1 km from Agiofarago Gorge, Notia Gi offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking and a terrace.

Featuring a private bathroom, rooms at the guest house also have free WiFi.

Guests at Notia Gi can enjoy a continental breakfast.

The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 76 km from the accommodation.

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€45

/night

  • 3.7 km

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