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Orino Gorge

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In the vicinity of the verdant and water-rich springs of Orino village, we encounter one of Crete’s most precipitous rivers. The river’s sources are found high up on the Abelia plateau, nestled within the Thripti and Papouri mountains. These springs quickly form a river which traverses the village square before making its way into the rugged Orino canyon. To navigate the canyon along the riverbed, canyoneering gear is necessary. The river carves out stunning waterfalls and pools, with the final section being particularly breathtaking. The last trio of waterfalls at Peristerionas are among Crete’s most beautiful. The river’s water volume is also noteworthy, particularly in the typically dry region of East Crete. Even in the summer, the gorge maintains a steady water flow.

The river continues its journey downstream, passing through the Red Butterflies canyon before reaching Koutsouras beach. Despite suffering considerable damage in a 1993 fire, the gorge’s vegetation remains lush, serving as a green oasis in the warm eastern Crete. The gorge begins near the exit of the Orino Gorge and concludes at Koutsouras after a 3-4 hour walk (starting from Orino village and circumventing the wilder parts of the Orino gorge). Signposts along the route guide the way. At the route’s commencement, there are a few small springs and waterfalls which dry up during the summer. Winter, however, makes hiking in the gorge quite challenging. The gorge earns its name from the red butterflies that flutter amongst the bushes and flowers, creating a truly unique spectacle. Regrettably, their numbers have significantly dwindled in the aftermath of the fire.

Most frequent asked questions

How accessible is Orino Gorge?

Orino Gorge is accessible via a paved road.

How long is Orino Gorge?

Orino Gorge is 5.5 km long.

On a scale of 1-10, how difficult is Orino Gorge?

Orino Gorge has a difficulty rating of 2 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Orino Gorge?

It takes approximately 4 hours to hike Orino Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Orino Gorge?

The altitude difference in Orino Gorge is 400 meters.

 

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Stays near Orino Gorge

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  • Epar. Od. Koutsouras-Stavrochoriou

Situated in Stavrokhórion, 46 km from Lake Voulismeni and 46 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa), Pericles Traditional Cretan Home features air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. The property has quiet street views, and is 47 km from Agios Nikolaos Port.

The holiday home features 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with mountain views.

The holiday home offers a children’s playground. If you would like to discover the area, walking tours is possible in the surroundings.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 29 km from Pericles Traditional Cretan Home.

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SUNNY HOUSE IN MAKRY GIALOS is set in Makry Gialos. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The apartment has a terrace, 1 bedroom, a living room and a well-equipped kitchen. A flat-screen TV is offered.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 33 km from the apartment.

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Chelidonofolia features mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Skhinokápsala, 42 km from Lake Voulismeni.

Each unit is fitted with a terrace offering sea views, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a well-fitted kitchen and a private bathroom with shower. An oven, a microwave and fridge are also featured, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Guests can also relax in the garden.

Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 42 km from the apartment, while Agios Nikolaos Port is 43 km away. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 50 km from Chelidonofolia.

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  • Mavros Kolimpos, Agios Panteleimon

Situated in Ierápetra, 1.6 km from Beach Maheridi and 2.7 km from Achlia Beach, Sunset Apartment features air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. The property features garden and quiet street views, and is 49 km from Lake Voulismeni.

The apartment with a terrace and sea views has 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and 1 bathroom with a shower.

Barbecue facilities are provided and guests can also relax in the garden.

Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 49 km from the apartment. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 41 km from Sunset Apartment.

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Set in Skhinokápsala, 42 km from Lake Voulismeni and 42 km from Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa), Maison de village vue mer offers air-conditioned accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi. This holiday home features accommodation with a balcony.

The holiday home is fitted with 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with a dishwasher, an oven, a washing machine, a microwave and a fridge.

Agios Nikolaos Port is 43 km from the holiday home. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 51 km from Maison de village vue mer.

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Located in Koutsourás, 600 metres from Koutsoura Beach and 2.2 km from Beach Maheridi, Konstantinos luxury suite provides air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. Housed in a building dating from 2022, the holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as fishing, hiking and walking tours.

The holiday home is equipped with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with inner courtyard views.

The wellness area at the holiday home is comprised of a hot tub and a spa facilities.

Kalamokanias Beach is 3 km from Konstantinos luxury suite. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 38 km from the accommodation.

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