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Mili Gorge

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Located near the town of Rethymno, Mili Gorge is an enchanting green oasis. It’s essentially a ravine that houses a vast array of plants and trees, forming a genuine botanical garden. The gorge gathers water from the northern slopes of Mount Vrysinas, beginning north of the Chromonastiri village and south of the Xero Chorio settlement. In recent times, it has become a popular spot for hikers who enjoy the pleasant trail that spans the entire valley.

Within the heart of the canyon lies the abandoned village of Mili, named after the water mills that were once situated in the gorge. The village is split into two areas, Ano Mili (Upper mills) and Kato Mili (Lower mills). The majority of villagers were millers, with nearly all the cereals from the region and surrounding villages being milled at Mili.

Nowadays, only one renovated watermill remains in good condition for visitors to understand its operation. Besides the numerous mills, the area is home to gardens filled with fruit trees and vegetables. Water continuously flows from the springs scattered throughout the canyon, with the largest springs being Saint Anthony and Five Virgins. The water along its course forms small waterfalls and lakes, perfect for a refreshing dip under the shade of towering plane trees.

The village of Mili was deserted in 1972 due to fear of landslides, with some mills being renovated into residences and a cafe-restaurant for guests. The villagers moved and built the village Nei Mili (new mills) high above the gorge on the west. The gorge also boasts a significant number of striking churches, including the cavernous church of Saint Anthony (Agios Antonios) and the cavernous church of Saint John (Agios Ioannis), as well as the cemetery church of the Holy Five Virgins (Pente Parthenes).

Further along Kato Mili, you’ll encounter the cavernous chapels of Saint Paraskevi (Agia Paraskevi) and Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos).

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Most frequent asked questions

What type of gorge is Mili Gorge?

Mili Gorge is a hiking gorge with a signed trail.

Is there water in Mili Gorge?

Yes, there is water all year round in Mili Gorge.

How accessible is Mili Gorge?

Mili Gorge is easily accessible via a paved road.

How long is Mili Gorge?

Mili Gorge is 2.5 km long.

How difficult is Mili Gorge?

Mili Gorge has a difficulty rating of 1 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Mili Gorge?

It takes approximately 2.5 hours to hike Mili Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Mili Gorge?

The altitude difference in Mili Gorge is 190.

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Stays near Mili Gorge

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  • Eparchiaki Odos Rethimnou - Roussospitiou

Set in Míloi and only 6.9 km from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, ALKYONI – Stavi’s Guesthouse offers accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This apartment provides air-conditioned accommodation with a patio.

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 reception at the apartment can provide tips on the area.

ALKYONI – Stavi’s Guesthouse offers a picnic area. Guests can also relax in the garden.

Museum of Ancient Eleftherna is 25 km from the accommodation, while Psiloritis National Park is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International, 76 km from ALKYONI – Stavi’s Guesthouse, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€75

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  • 9 / 10
  • Roussospiti

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, mountain view and a balcony, Villa Ventus, 40sqm private pool & hot tub! is set in Roussospítion. Featuring pool and garden views, this apartment also has free WiFi.

The apartment with a terrace and sea views features 4 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a hot tub. Towels and bed linen are featured in the apartment.

The apartment offers a range of wellness facilities including a hot tub and a wellness packages. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at Villa Ventus, 40sqm private pool & hot tub!.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is 7.5 km from the accommodation, while Museum of Ancient Eleftherna is 27 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International, 76 km from Villa Ventus, 40sqm private pool & hot tub!, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€262

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  • 830 m
  • 8 / 10
  • Roussospiti

Set in Roussospítion and only 6.7 km from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, Agapi’s Home offers accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This holiday home provides air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

The holiday home has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

The holiday home offers a picnic area. There is a garden with a barbecue at this property and guests can go hiking nearby.

Museum of Ancient Eleftherna is 28 km from Agapi’s Home, while Psiloritis National Park is 48 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 75 km from the accommodation.

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€85

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  • 880 m
  • 9.8 / 10
  • Roussospiti

Located in Roussospiti Village, at an altitude of 300 metres, Mitsos is a deluxe villa with an outdoor pool and a spacious balcony offering panoramic sea view. It is set amidst lush gardens and lies within 60 km from Chania Town.

The villa consists of 4 separate bedrooms, a living room with fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen with dining area. Facilities include a microwave, a dishwasher, a flat-screen TV and CD/DVD player.

Guests can relax at the well-tended gardens by the pool or use the BBQ facilities and enjoy al fresco dining.

Rethymno is about 6 km, and the nearest beach 7 km away. A mini market and 3 tavernas can be found in a distance of 300 metres others shops and amenities can be found in the city of Rethymno.

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  • Roussospiti, Rethymno

Located in Roussospiti, within 5 km of the Venetian harbour in Rethymno, Villa Gems offers fully equipped accommodation with a private swimming pool and views over the Cretan Sea.

The villa consists of 5 separate bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 fully equipped kitchens, 3 living rooms 1 with fireplace,1 with pool table and a dining area with french doors and a wrap around balcony overlooking the sea and the mountains. Facilities include a 55” TV, free WiFi, DVD player, PlayStation, board games and books.

Surrounded by palm trees, the swimming pool features sun loungers, seating and dining area, bar, sink, refrigerator, portable gas grill and table tennis. On the backyard, you will find a basketball hoop and volleyball net.

Chania Town is 48 km from The Villa Gems, while Bali is 27 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 40 km from away. Free private, on-site parking is provided.

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  • 8.9 / 10
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Set in Roussospítion in the Crete region, Haris white apartment features a terrace and inner courtyard views. It has a garden, mountain views and free WiFithroughout the property.

This air-conditioned 1-bedroom apartment comes with a kitchen, a seating area, and a flat-screen TV. Towels and bed linen are offered in the apartment.

The apartment offers a hot tub.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is 6.9 km from Haris white apartment, while Museum of Ancient Eleftherna is 27 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 75 km from the accommodation.

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€54

/night

  • 1.1 km

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