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Pefki Gorge

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The Pefki Gorge, also known as Anegyrous Gorge, is a stunning small gorge located in East Crete. Its beauty is characterized by breathtaking rock formations molded by nature and lush greenery. The gorge extends for approximately 4.5 km, with an elevation difference of 300 meters between the entrance and exit. The gorge begins south of Pefki village and concludes at the Aspros Potamos settlement, 2km north of Makrigialos. The stream running through the gorge collects water from the area south of the Romanati peak (937m) and carries it to the Analipsi beach. The gorge features a well-defined path that traces the riverbed for most of its length. At certain points, benches are available for rest. A 2-hour journey through the gorge is part of the E4 European long-distance path.

The Journey
The journey through the gorge commences slightly south of Pefki, where the familiar black and yellow E4 signs direct you to the entrance, adjacent to the old Ilias water mill (1925). From here, an easy path skirts the edges of the canyon before descending to the river bed at the heart of the gorge. The canyon is vibrant with pine trees, while the riverbed is predominantly surrounded by platans and herbs. Spectacular white rock formations, unique to Crete and over 100 meters tall, flank the sides of the canyon.

Upon reaching the southern exit of the gorge, you’ll find a spring of clean, drinkable water for refreshment. The gorge’s exit is located in the Pisokaminos area, near the Aspros Potamos village, rather than by the sea. Further along, you’ll encounter the remarkable large rock known as Volakas Sarakinou (Saracen’s rock). Legend has it that a Saracen pirate once took refuge here after being left behind in Crete. The rock is covered in small pebbles, believed to be the remnants of an old children’s game. The kids would throw stones at Volakas, and if a stone stayed on the rock, they would find food at home. If not, they wouldn’t. Following Aspros Potamos village, you’ll reach the main road connecting Makrigialos and Pefki. If no one is waiting to pick you up by car, you’ll need to walk the remaining 2km to Makrigialos.


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Most frequent asked questions


What is Pefki Gorge?

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

What type of gorge is Pefki Gorge?

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

Is there water in Pefki Gorge?

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

How accessible is Pefki Gorge?

Pefki Gorge is accessible via a paved road.

How long is Pefki Gorge?

Pefki Gorge is 4.5 km long.

How difficult is Pefki Gorge?

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

How many hours does it take to hike Pefki Gorge?

It takes approximately 2 hours to hike Pefki Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Pefki Gorge?

The altitude difference in Pefki Gorge is 310 meters.

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Stays near Pefki Gorge

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Situated in Pévkoi, within 48 km of Vai Palm Forest, Traditional house Utopia Makri Gialos offers accommodation with air conditioning. Featuring mountain and garden views, this holiday home also includes free WiFi.

The holiday home with a terrace and sea views has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, and 2 bathrooms with a bidet. Towels and bed linen are available in the holiday home.

The holiday home offers a picnic area. If you would like to discover the area, cycling, fishing and hiking are possible in the surroundings and Traditional house Utopia Makri Gialos can arrange a car rental service.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 26 km from the accommodation.




  • 1.2 km
  • 10 / 10
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Situated in Pévkoi in the Crete region, Mistatos Häuser “Fabrica” features a terrace and sea views. Guests may enjoy free WiFi.

The holiday home has a balcony, 2 bedrooms, a living room and a well-equipped kitchen. The holiday home also provides guests with a bathroom.

Mistatos Häuser “Fabrica” offers a barbecue. Mistatos Häuser “Fabrica” features a sun terrace.

Agios Nikolaos is 60 km from Mistatos Häuser “Fabrica”, while Elounda is 65 km from the property. Heraklion International Airport is 125 km away. The Sitia International Airport is only 35 km.




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Giannis Seaview has mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Makry Gialos, 1.9 km from Makrigialos Beach. The accommodation is air conditioned and is fitted with a hot tub.

The units provide views of the sea and come with a seating area, a washing machine, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, and a private bathroom with a hair dryer. Some units feature a terrace and/or a balcony with pool or garden views.

Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and garden at the apartment.

Kalamokanias Beach is 2.4 km from Giannis Seaview, while Lagoufa Beach is 2.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 36 km from the accommodation.




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Offering a spacious outdoor pool, White River Cottages – rustic minimalist holiday houses is a complex of 13 restored stone built houses, located in the tranquil valley of Aspros Potamos. The nearest sandy beach is 1 km away. Free WiFi is available throughout.

The accommodation is air conditioned and features a seating area. There is also a dining area and a kitchen fitted with an oven. A toaster and refrigerator are also provided, as well as a kettle. Towels are offered, while a washing machine is available upon charge.

A range of scenic beaches can be found within short driving distance, while several restaurants and shops are located within 1 km of the property. Ierapetra is 25 km from White River Cottages – rustic minimalist holiday houses and Sitia is 33 km away. Heraklion Airport is 120 km away.




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Natura cottages has mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, situated in Makry Gialos, 1.3 km from Makrigialos Beach.

A toaster, a fridge and stovetop are also offered in the kitchen, as well as a coffee machine.

The aparthotel offers a sun terrace.

If you would like to discover the area, snorkelling, cycling and fishing are possible in the surroundings and Natura cottages can arrange a bicycle rental service.

Lagoufa Beach is 1.7 km from the accommodation, while Diaskari Beach is 2.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public, 34 km from Natura cottages, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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Set in Makry Gialos and only 1.4 km from Makrigialos Beach, Oniero offers accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. The air-conditioned accommodation is 2 km from Kalamokanias Beach.

Offering a terrace and sea views, the apartment includes 1 bedroom, a living room, flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen, and 1 bathroom with a shower.

The apartment offers a picnic area. Guests can enjoy the pool with a view and garden at Oniero.

Lagoufa Beach is 3 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 35 km from Oniero.




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