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Roza Gorge

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Gorge description

Roza Gorge, a branch of the larger Ambelos Gorge, originates near the Panagia Kera Kardiotissa Monastery in the Ano Kera region. It connects with the rural road that traverses the Ambelos Gorge close to the village of Gonies. Walking along the riverbed is not feasible due to the precipitous drops, but a well-marked hiking trail is available on the gorge’s sides. The gorge’s sides are visually striking, showcasing unique geological formations that captivate visitors. After heavy rainfall, surface water is visible in the gorge, evidenced by the growth of oleander plants in the riverbed.

The name ‘Roza’ is derived from the pinkish hue (‘roz’ translates to pink) of the gorge’s walls. Another theory suggests that the gorge was used as a disposal site for sterile animals like donkeys in the past. As a result, locals named it ‘Stira Za’ (meaning sterile animals), which eventually evolved into ‘Sti Roza’ (or in Roza).

Canyoning in the Roza Gorge
Roza Gorge is technical in nature, implying that hiking in its bed is not an option due to the numerous steep descents (rappels) that necessitate specific technical gear and training. For canyoning enthusiasts, it’s important to note that the largest rappel is approximately 18m high. The points are secured with relays from the speleological clubs of Crete, and the descent for a small group typically takes around 3 hours. The gorge’s proximity to Heraklion and easy accessibility make it a popular choice for canyoning schools.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is Roza Gorge?

Roza Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the region of Heraklion.

What type of gorge is Roza Gorge?

Roza Gorge is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Roza Gorge?

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

How accessible is Roza Gorge?

Roza Gorge is accessible via a dirt track.

What is the length of Roza Gorge?

Roza Gorge is 2 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Roza Gorge?

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

How long does it take to hike Roza Gorge?

It takes approximately 2 hours to hike Roza Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Roza Gorge?

The altitude difference in Roza Gorge is 350.

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