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Rehta Gorge at Kolokasia

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In the heart of the Sfakia Province, nestled in the ruins of the village Kolokasia, a stream begins to form at the base of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) church. This stream, fed by the village’s water, meanders through the local olive grove before transforming into a rugged, small gorge known as Rechtas or Rektas – a name signifying ‘waterfall’ in the local dialect.

True to its name, shortly after the gorge’s onset, a breathtaking 20-meter high waterfall cascades down, barring further access to the gorge without the aid of a rope. Beyond this majestic waterfall, the gorge is adorned with awe-inspiring rock shelters and caves, once used by locals as animal paddocks.

The journey through the gorge also includes small waterfalls, a natural arch, and a grove of carob trees. Eventually, the canyon opens up, revealing an ancient trail that ascends up the eastern side, leading to a rock shelter. This shelter, perched high above the riverbed, provides stunning vistas of the gorge and the Fragokastello valley.

In recent years, this wild rock shelter has been transformed into a charming, cavernous temple, possibly the newest in Crete. This transformation was inspired by a priest from Sfakia, George Chiotakis, who received a divine vision from the Blessed Porphyrios of Athos, advising him to build a temple. Consequently, the church is unofficially dedicated to Saint Porphyrius, with his icons scattered throughout the temple, along with several icons of the revered Saint Anthimos from Cephalonia, who once resided in the Sfakia region.

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Rehta Gorge located?

Rehta Gorge is located in the Chania Region of Crete, Greece, specifically at Kolokasia.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Rehta Gorge?

The difficulty level of hiking in Rehta Gorge is moderate to difficult. The trail is rocky and steep in some areas, and there are some narrow passages that require careful navigation.

What is the best time of year to visit Rehta Gorge?

The best time of year to visit Rehta Gorge is in the spring or fall when the weather is cooler and the vegetation is lush. Summer can be very hot and dry, making the hike more challenging.

Are there any entrance fees to visit Rehta Gorge?

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

Is it necessary to hire a guide to hike in Rehta Gorge?

No, it is not necessary to hire a guide to hike in Rehta Gorge. However, it is recommended to have some hiking experience and to bring a map or GPS device to navigate the trail.

What should I bring with me when hiking in Rehta Gorge?

You should bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, sturdy hiking shoes, and a backpack to carry your belongings. It is also recommended to bring a first aid kit and a map or GPS device to navigate the trail.

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Stays near Rehta Gorge at Kolokasia

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  • Fraggokastelo

Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, sea view and a patio, Villa Olvía is set in Sfakiá. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The villa has a terrace, 4 bedrooms, a living room and a well-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven. Towels and bed linen are offered in the villa.

The villa offers a beauty services. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at Villa Olvía, while snorkelling and cycling can be enjoyed nearby.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is 49 km from the accommodation, while Fortress of Frangokastello is 5.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International, 81 km from Villa Olvía, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.




  • 830 m
  • 9.5 / 10
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FYSIOPHYLIA VILLAS has mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Frangokastello, 600 metres from Vatalos Beach.

The villa provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and a private bathroom with shower and slippers. A microwave, a toaster and fridge are also offered, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Guests can enjoy the infinity pool and garden at FYSIOPHYLIA VILLAS.

Frangokastello Beach is 2.9 km from the accommodation, while Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is 48 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 84 km from FYSIOPHYLIA VILLAS.




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Andreas Beach Villa is a villa located in Sfakiá. This villa provides a garden.

Chania Town is 40 km from the villa. Chania International Airport is 39 km from the property.




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Just a short walk from the beach, Pasithea villas offer indepedent villas located in Frangokastelo Village. The property is 2.3 km from Fortress of Frangokastelo. Free WiFi is available, while free private parking is also possible.

Opening to a balcony with Libyan Sea views, accommodation will provide you with a satellite TV, air conditioning and a fireplace. There is a full kitchen, including an oven with hobs and a refrigerator. There is also a private bathroom in every villa with a washing machine and hairdryer.

Various tavernas and grocery stores are 300 metres from the property. At Pasithea villas you will find a garden.

Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is located 89 km away.




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In a most scenic location, enjoying the background of the Lefka Ori and the Libyan Sea, Kallicrates Village is located at Fragokastello, 11 km east of Sfakia, at the southern coast of Crete. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout.

Kallicrates Village offers 10 studios. All are simply furnished, spacious and airy and surrounded by large garden areas.

Guests can have breakfast at the pool bar. Refreshments and drinks are available at the rooftop terrace, which offers beautiful views.

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Quietly located in Frangokastello Village and just 30 metres from the beach, Kritamos Beach Apartments is set in the Southern Coast of Chania. It offers self-catering accommodation opening out to a balcony with Cretan Sea views. WiFi is offered throughout.

All air-conditioned units at Kritamos Beach are simply yet tastefully decorated with earthy tones. Each features a flat-screen TV with satellite channels in the living room. A fully equipped kitchen with microwave, coffee machine and dining table is also provided. Free toiletries and a hairdryer stock the private bathroom.

The closest taverna is 120 metres away, while a supermarket lies within 350 metres. The famous medieval castle of Frangokastello is at a short distance. Chora Sfakion can be reached within 12 km and the scenic town of Chania is at a distance of 80 km. Free private parking is available in the premises.

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