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Moundros Gorge (Kollita)

Gorge description

The Twin Ravines, or Kollita Gorges, are situated near the scenic village of Argyroupolis, approximately 22km southwest of the city of Rethymnon. The name derives from two adjacent canyons that conclude near the village of Kato Poros. The eastern canyon, Moundros Gorge, is bordered by the Vigla peak (567m) to the east and Nissiani hill to the west, which houses the deserted Nissi settlement. West of Moundros gorge lies the Vilandredo gorge, named after the village at its entrance and more commonly referred to as Kollita Gorge.

These gorges are perfect for casual hikers due to their ease and stunning beauty. They are particularly suitable for groups of friends who can park in Kato Poros or Argyroupoli, explore the Moundriano canyon, and return via the second Kollita Gorge.

Suggested Two Gorges Route
Starting from the verdant Argiroupoli, built on the ancient city of Lappa, we journey east to the village of Moundros, known for its springs and fountains. The village is home to many beautiful Venetian structures (old courts, prisons, and noble houses) and the churches of Saint Constantine, Saints Anargyri (11th century), and Saint Nicholas are well worth a visit. Don’t forget to wander the narrow streets of Moundros. Close to Moundros, the deserted Nissi settlement, famous for its stunning stone structures, can be found.

From the village, the entrance to the verdant Moundros gorge is accessible, leading to the village of Velonado. A well-defined path descends to the riverbed, which is usually filled with water. The canyon is filled with towering plane trees and several fresh water ponds. After roughly 1.5 hours of walking, we reach the southern entrance of Moundriano Gorge, near Velonado.

Upon exiting the canyon, we follow the asphalt road west to the entrance of the second canyon, Kollita Gorge, near Vilandredo. This canyon, more magnificent than Moundriano, is lush with plane trees, and the path follows the riverbed. The most beautiful section of the canyon is where the high walls nearly touch, forming a narrow passage. Fig and holly trees can be seen on the gorge’s slopes, hanging overhead. After approximately four hours, we exit the canyon, which once provided water for the Roman baths of Lappa, now Argyroupolis.

Following the ancient stone path through laurels, myrtles, and hollies, we reach Kato Poros and the area of Pente Parthenes (Five Virgins). Here, one can find the spring beneath the perennial plane tree of Pente Parthenes, the chapel of the Five Virgins, and the Hellenistic and Roman tombs of Lappa. From here, the trail broadens and leads us back to the lush green Argiroupoli. In Argiroupoli, the Venetian buildings, churches, and picturesque alleys are worth a visit. A popular attraction is the springs of Argyroupolis, with the most notable spring located in the cavernous chapel of Agia Dynami. The area is lush with several small waterfalls and numerous restaurants.

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Moundros Gorge located?

Moundros Gorge, also known as Kollita, is located in the Rethymno Region of Crete, Greece.

What is the length of Moundros Gorge?

The length of Moundros Gorge is approximately 3.5 kilometers.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Moundros Gorge?

The hiking difficulty level in Moundros Gorge is moderate, with some steep and rocky sections.

Is it necessary to have a guide to hike in Moundros Gorge?

It is not necessary to have a guide to hike in Moundros Gorge, but it is recommended for safety reasons and to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area.

What is the best time of year to visit Moundros Gorge?

The best time of year to visit Moundros Gorge is in the spring or fall when the weather is cooler and the vegetation is lush.

Are there any entrance fees to visit Moundros Gorge?

No, there are no entrance fees to visit Moundros Gorge.

What should I bring with me when hiking in Moundros Gorge?

It is recommended to bring sturdy hiking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and a camera to capture the stunning views.

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The apartment offers a children’s playground. A bicycle rental service is available at Melody House, while cycling can be enjoyed nearby.

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Leading onto a balcony with garden views, the spacious air-conditioned holiday home consists of 3 bedrooms. There is a seating area and a kitchen equipped with a fridge.

Historical and Folklore Museum is 18 km from 3 bedrooms house with enclosed garden and wifi at Ρούστικα, while Venetian Fortress is 18 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 68 km from the accommodation.

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Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is 18 km from the villa, while Museum of Ancient Eleftherna is 43 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 68 km from Abelos Villa (views, garden and private pool*).

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