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Santorinios Gorge

Gorge description

Just a stone’s throw away from Heraklion city, near the Agios Panteleimonas Monastery in Fodele, you’ll find the Santorinios canyon. This canyon carries water from the Marathos village and the western slopes of Platani to the Fodelianos river. Although the canyon is relatively short, it remains unexplored due to the challenging access caused by thick vegetation and numerous ponds. Trekking through the riverbed, despite getting wet, simplifies the journey but calls for a change of footwear. The canyon’s name originates from the soil’s resemblance to that of Santorini Island, which was previously used in Crete’s construction.

Upon entering the gorge, you’ll encounter the ruins of a two-room watermill, its walls still standing tall, supported by an ivy branch woven into them. After some time, you’ll reach the first pond, Azilakokolymbos, which appears to be the path’s endpoint. However, if you manage to bypass the lake by either swimming or rock climbing, there’s more to discover. After overcoming this hurdle, the journey continues smoothly until you reach a majestic waterfall that forms a stunning pond at its base.

The adventure intensifies from this point. To proceed, you’ll need to scale the right side of the waterfall, approximately 15 meters, to reach the hilltop. To access the waterfall’s edge from here, a rope is necessary due to the steep and slippery terrain. As you continue up the canyon, you’ll be greeted by two awe-inspiring twin waterfalls.

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Most frequent asked questions

 

What is Santorinios Gorge?

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

What type of gorge is Santorinios Gorge?

Santorinios Gorge is a hiking gorge.  

Is there water in Santorinios Gorge?

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

How accessible is Santorinios Gorge?

Santorinios Gorge is accessible via a dirt track.  

What is the length of Santorinios Gorge?

Santorinios Gorge is 1.5 km long.  

What is the difficulty level of Santorinios Gorge?

Santorinios Gorge has a difficulty level of 5 out of 10.  

How long does it take to hike Santorinios Gorge?

It takes approximately 1 hour to hike Santorinios Gorge.  

What is the altitude difference in Santorinios Gorge?

The altitude difference in Santorinios Gorge is 70. 

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  • Fodele

Offering mountain views, Villa Mandarin Grove Alyanoe in Fodele offers accommodation, an outdoor swimming pool and a garden.

Fitted with a terrace, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bath and a hair dryer. There is a seating and a dining area in all units.

Venetian Walls is 28 km from the holiday park, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 29 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 32 km from Villa Mandarin Grove Alyanoe.

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  • Achlada

Featuring accommodation with a private pool, pool view and a patio, Stylish Country Studio with pool is set in Agia Pelagia. This property offers access to a terrace, free private parking and free WiFi.

This air-conditioned apartment comes with a kitchen, a seating area, a dining area and a cable flat-screen TV. Towels and bed linen are featured in the apartment.

Guests can also relax in the garden.

Venetian Walls is 22 km from the apartment, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 23 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 26 km from Stylish Country Studio with pool.

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  • 4.1 km
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  • Achlada Maleviziou, 71500

Located in Achlada, 22 km from Venetian Walls and 23 km from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Luxurious Stone house provides air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. With mountain views, this accommodation features a patio.

The apartment is equipped with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

The apartment offers a barbecue. A car rental service is available at Luxurious Stone house.

The Palace of Knossos is 26 km from the accommodation, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 38 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 26 km from Luxurious Stone house, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • Heraklion

Situated in Rodia and only 19 km from Venetian Walls, Villa Rodea features accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. The property was built in 1985 and features air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

The villa with a terrace and sea views has 4 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub.

Guests can enjoy the infinity pool and garden at the villa.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 20 km from Villa Rodea, while The Palace of Knossos is 22 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 22 km from the accommodation.

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  • Korfe Estate

Set in Fodele and only 1.3 km from Fodele Beach, Korfe Estate offers accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This villa provides air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

The villa with a terrace and sea views has 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 3 bathrooms with a hot tub. Towels and bed linen are offered in the villa.

The wellness area at the villa is comprised of a sauna and a hot tub. Guests can enjoy the pool with a view and garden at Korfe Estate.

Venetian Walls is 26 km from the accommodation, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 27 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 29 km from Korfe Estate.

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Plethora Luxury Suites offers wellness packages and free private parking, and is within 17 km of Venetian Walls and 18 km of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Featuring free WiFi, the units have a safety deposit box, a washing machine and a flat-screen TV with streaming services. A dishwasher, an oven and microwave are also featured, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

A continental, vegetarian or vegan breakfast can be enjoyed at the property.

At the apartment guests are welcome to take advantage of beauty services, a fitness room and a steam room.

Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at Plethora Luxury Suites.

The Palace of Knossos is 21 km from the accommodation, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 33 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 21 km from Plethora Luxury Suites, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€345

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