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Pelekaniotis Gorge

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At a forgotten area of the region Selino in South Chania, you will meet the well-hidden river of Pelekaniotis. It is the river with the most water flow in Selino and it is so important that the whole municipality of Paleochora is named Pelekanos. It has water all year round and forms a lush green valley at its exit, at the Macherota location. The steep canyon cliffs are home to dozens of birds of prey that accompany the hiker throughout the course.

To find the exit of the gorge you should follow the dirt road that starts from the beach Grameno near Paleochora and runs along the west bank of the river. It, unfortunately, crosses a small area with rubbish and debris. After crossing this dump, the landscape turns to a forested Cretan landscape. Two kilometres later, at the western shore, we meet the chapel of Agios Mamas with frescoes in excellent condition. The existence of Saint Mammes (Agios Mamas), despite its importance, is completely unknown even to locals. Opposite Agios Mamas, there is also the old whitewashed chapel of Saint George, but no frescoes are met here.

After a kilometre, the dirt track meets a tank with potable water and stops here. From there you can walk in the gorge especially in the summer months when the water level is not very high. If you are a keen hiker, you should visit Pelekanos Gorge in the heart of winter, when a 25m high waterfall falls in the river from the sides.

Close to the middle of the gorge, we find some of the most majestic plane trees in Crete, ageing over 1000 years and having incredible trunk formations. A large part of the canyon is very narrow and sunlight almost never reaches the riverbed. It is a unique sculpture of nature and on its vertical walls, you will see many holm oak trees.



What is Pelekaniotis Gorge?

Pelekaniotis Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the region of Chania.

What type of gorge is Pelekaniotis Gorge?

Pelekaniotis Gorge is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Pelekaniotis Gorge?

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

How accessible is Pelekaniotis Gorge?

Pelekaniotis Gorge is accessible via a paved road.

What is the length of Pelekaniotis Gorge?

Pelekaniotis Gorge is 3 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Pelekaniotis Gorge?

Pelekaniotis Gorge has a difficulty level of 2 out of 10.

How long does it take to hike Pelekaniotis Gorge?

It takes approximately 2 hours to hike Pelekaniotis Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Pelekaniotis Gorge?

The altitude difference in Pelekaniotis Gorge is 50 meters.

Gorge Type

  • Hiking gorge

Accessible by

  • Paved road


  • Water till spring

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