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Patsos Gorge

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Located in the stunning province of Amari, the Patsos or Agios Antonios gorge is situated 8 km southwest of Arkadi Monastery. The gorge’s water is collected in the Potami dam. Trekking through the gorge is relatively easy up to a certain point, thanks to a well-marked trail created by the forest service. This trail concludes at the gorge’s narrowest point, where a unique waterfall cascades into a cave. Beyond this point, the gorge narrows and forms several small waterfalls. The descent to the Potami lake demands careful attention, particularly during winter and spring. Another path leads to the avifauna watchtower situated above the river.

The Patsos Gorge is renowned for Agios Antonios’ cavernous temple (Saint Anthony), which was once a sacred cave dedicated to Kraneos Hermes in ancient times. Water seeps from the rocks and drips from the temple roof, accumulating as holy water. It’s fascinating to observe the thousands of prayer papers that devotees have tucked into the rock cavities surrounding the temple. Large plateaus with wooden benches and tables, perfect for picnicking, are located beneath the temple and by the river.

The gorge derives its name from Patsos, a village nestled at the base of Mount Soros at an altitude of 490 meters. It’s approximately 30 km south of Rethymnon. The area boasts a rich variety of flora due to the numerous springs throughout the region that provide a year-round water supply.

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Patsos Gorge located?

Patsos Gorge is located in the Rethymno Region of Crete, Greece.

What is the length of Patsos Gorge?

The length of Patsos Gorge is approximately 5 kilometers.

How long does it take to hike Patsos Gorge?

it takes approximately two and a half hours to hike Patsos Gorge.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Patsos Gorge?

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

What is the best time to visit Patsos Gorge?

The best time to visit Patsos Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the vegetation is lush.

Are there any entrance fees to visit Patsos Gorge?

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

Is it safe to hike in Patsos Gorge?

Yes, it is safe to hike in Patsos Gorge, but visitors should take necessary precautions and wear appropriate footwear.

What are some of the highlights of Patsos Gorge?

Some of the highlights of Patsos Gorge include the stunning natural scenery, the ancient stone bridge, and the impressive waterfalls.

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The villa with a terrace and mountain views has 4 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a bath. Towels and bed linen are offered in the villa.

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A children’s playground is provided for younger guests. There are also BBQ facilities in the garden.

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