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Mesonas Gorge

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Located on the northern slopes of the Thripti range, near Kavoussi village and Avgos settlement, you’ll find the short but incredibly wild and imposing Mesonas gorge. This 4km long gorge requires technical canyoneering equipment to traverse its steep waterfalls. The gorge connects the Thripti Plateau to the Kavoussi plain, with its exit close to the Azorias archaeological site. The same stream forms the technical Havgas gorge, crosses the fertile Kavoussi plain, and eventually empties onto Tholos beach.

Starting from the Tsamadi position near Thripti village, there’s a hiking trail that runs high above the gorge bed, following the concrete channel used to transfer spring water to Kavoussi. The breathtaking views of the canyon, surrounding mountains, and Mirabello bay are beyond words. The trail descends to ancient Azorias, from where you can approach Kavousi via the ancient path parallel to the Havgas Gorge, or through the dirt road passing the Monumental Olive Tree of Azorias.

For canyon enthusiasts wanting to traverse the river bed, it’s worth noting that the water levels are generally low, with the flow ceasing mid to late spring depending on seasonal rainfall. The gorge starts out smoothly, with the hiking portion exceeding the steep descent sections. The last part of the gorge changes dramatically, narrowing significantly and forming high waterfalls, with the highest rappel at 30m. A small group of canyoneers can descend its 9 rappels in about 3 hours.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is Mesonas Gorge?

Mesonas Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the Lasithi region of Greece.

What type of gorge is Mesonas Gorge?

Mesonas Gorge is a hiking gorge and is part of the E4 trail.

Is there water in Mesonas Gorge?

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

How accessible is Mesonas Gorge?

Mesonas Gorge is accessible by walking.

What is the length of Mesonas Gorge?

Mesonas Gorge is 4 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Mesonas Gorge?

Mesonas Gorge has a difficulty level of 2 out of 10.

How long does it take to hike Mesonas Gorge?

It takes approximately 3 hours to hike Mesonas Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Mesonas Gorge?

The altitude difference in Mesonas Gorge is 450 meters.

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Stays near Mesonas Gorge

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  • Πλατεῖα Καβουσίου

ΚΑΦΕΝΕΣ enjoys a location in Kavoúsion, just 26 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) and 27 km from Agios Nikolaos Port. The accommodation is 26 km from the Lake Voulismeni and has free WiFithroughout the property.

The air-conditioned apartment is composed of 1 separate bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and 1 bathroom. A flat-screen TV is offered.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 39 km from the apartment.

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  • 8.6 / 10
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Located in Kavoúsion in the Lasithi region, Armonia House 1 bedroom 3 guests bath tub & patio has a terrace. The accommodation is 26 km from the Lake Voulismeni and features free WiFithroughout the property.

The air-conditioned holiday home consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a coffee machine, and 1 bathroom with a bath and slippers. Towels and bed linen are provided in the holiday home.

Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 26 km from the holiday home, while Agios Nikolaos Port is 27 km away. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 39 km from Armonia House 1 bedroom 3 guests bath tub & patio.

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  • 9 / 10
  • Δρόμος Καβουσίου - Θόλου

Situated in Kavoúsion, 25 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) and 26 km from Agios Nikolaos Port, Amelia offers air conditioning. The accommodation is 26 km from the Lake Voulismeni and has free WiFithroughout the property.

This apartment has 1 bedroom, a kitchenette with an oven and a fridge, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom fitted with a shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the apartment.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 39 km from the apartment.

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€45

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  • 9.6 / 10
  • Καβουσι ΙΣΟΓΕΙΟ

Elpida’s house is situated in Ierápetra, 26 km from Lake Voulismeni, 25 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa), and 27 km from Agios Nikolaos Port. This property offers access to a patio, free private parking and free WiFi.

The holiday home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with mountain views. The air-conditioned holiday home also features a seating area, washing machine and 2 bathrooms with free toiletries.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 39 km from the holiday home.

  • 2.1 km
  • 10 / 10
  • Ierapetra Kavousi

Boasting pool views, New Villa Of the hill with heated Pool, BBQ & Kids Playground features accommodation with a patio and a coffee machine, around 27 km from Lake Voulismeni. This property offers a private pool, free WiFi and free private parking.

The villa features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with mountain views.

The villa offers a sun terrace. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at New Villa Of the hill with heated Pool, BBQ & Kids Playground, while cycling and hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 27 km from the accommodation, while Agios Nikolaos Port is 28 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public, 40 km from New Villa Of the hill with heated Pool, BBQ & Kids Playground, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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Located in Thólos, Evexia Villa offers accommodation with a private pool and sea views. This villa provides free WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool, as well as a garden.

This villa will provide you with a satellite flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a living room. There is a seating area and a kitchen complete with a dishwasher, an oven and a microwave.

Fishing and hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

Hersonissos is 65 km from the villa, while Agios Nikolaos is 25 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 85 km from the property.

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