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Sfakiano Gorge

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The Sfakiano Gorge, also known as Gorge Vartholoma or Gorge Lago, concludes around 2km east of Chora Sfakion within the Sfakia province. It originates from the Trikoukia area of the White Mountains at a height of 1200 meters and culminates at the Fylaki Caves of the South Cretan Sea. The gorge spans 6.5km and it’s a breeze to traverse along its riverbank.

The suggested hiking trail within the gorge initiates from the Niato plateau (close to Askifou Plateau) and heads towards the abandoned village of Kali Lakki. The gorge, one of Crete’s greenest, begins just before reaching Kali Laki and boasts an incredibly diverse plant life. Oaks, cypresses, and pines are the dominant trees within the Sfakiano Gorge.

The gorge’s starting point is home to the Byzantine church of Saint Paul (Agios Pavlos), constructed by the locals in 1407. The gorge meets the main road to Chora Sfakion near the exit, at the Porolago location. It’s certainly worthwhile to continue your adventure towards the sea, as the gorge bed leads to the breathtakingly beautiful Fylaki fjords, some of the most captivating beaches in the Sfakia region.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is Sfakiano Gorge?

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

What type of gorge is Sfakiano Gorge?

Sfakiano Gorge is a hiking gorge with a signed trail.  

What is the water situation like in Sfakiano Gorge?

Generally, Sfakiano Gorge is dry.  

How accessible is Sfakiano Gorge?

Sfakiano Gorge is accessible via a dirt track.  

How long is Sfakiano Gorge?

Sfakiano Gorge is 6.5 km long.  

On a scale of 1-10, how difficult is Sfakiano Gorge?

Sfakiano Gorge has a difficulty rating of 2 out of 10.  

How many hours does it take to hike Sfakiano Gorge?

It takes approximately 4 hours to hike Sfakiano Gorge.  

What is the altitude difference in Sfakiano Gorge?

The altitude difference in Sfakiano Gorge is 1200. 

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Stays near Sfakiano Gorge

  • 9.2 / 10
  • Επαρ.Οδ.Χώρας Σφακίων - Βρυσσών

Jacuzzi maisonette in Sfakia center ‘New 2023’ has a terrace and is located in Khóra Sfakíon, within just 1.1 km of Ilingas Beach and 1.9 km of Ammoudi Beach. The accommodation is 100 metres from the Vrissi Beach and features free WiFithroughout the property.

The air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a coffee machine, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub and a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment.

The apartment offers a hot tub. A car rental service is available at Jacuzzi maisonette in Sfakia center ‘New 2023’.

Fortress of Frangokastello is 15 km from the accommodation, while Historical – Folklore Museum of Gavalochori is 46 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International, 77 km from Jacuzzi maisonette in Sfakia center ‘New 2023’, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

  • 2.6 km
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Χώρα Σφακίων

Boasting inner courtyard views, Braos Villa features accommodation with a balcony and a kettle, around 100 metres from Vrissi Beach. With quiet street views, this accommodation provides a patio.

The air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a coffee machine, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub and an a bath or shower. A flat-screen TV with streaming services is available.

Ilingas Beach is 1.1 km from the apartment, while Ammoudi Beach is 1.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 77 km from Braos Villa.

  • 2.6 km
  • 9.6 / 10
  • Sfakia, Hora Sfakion

Located in Khóra Sfakíon, within 100 metres of Vrissi Beach and less than 1 km of Ilingas Beach, The Authentic Village Boutique Hotel provides accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring luggage storage space, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The property is allergy-free and is set 1.4 km from Ammoudi Beach.

At the hotel every room is equipped with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, bathrobes and slippers. Rooms include a kettle, while selected rooms have a patio and others also provide guests with garden views. At The Authentic Village Boutique Hotel all rooms come with bed linen and towels.

The nearest airport is Chania International, 76.5Km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

No breakfast on-site, instead, we offer a 10% discount in the local traditional bakery every morning during your stay.

Our property is not suitable for people with any walking issues, or mobility difficulties.

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€115

/night

  • 2.6 km
  • 9 / 10
  • Chora Sfakion

Located on the sea front of Chora Sfakion and just 10 metres from the Libyan Sea, the hotel Samaria by the Sea features 11 rooms with balcony and sea view. Free WiFi is offered throughout the entire property.

All air-conditioned units come with direct Libyan Sea view as well as the surrounding mountain view. They feature a TV with satellite channels, and a refrigerator. They also include a bathroom with bath or shower and free toiletries.

Guests can start their day with a Greek Continental breakfast served at the hotel’s outdoor terrace restaurant area. Hotel’s restaurant also includes a bar with snack options available.

Vrissi Beach is just around the corner while Iliggas and Ammoudi Beaches are within a 5-minute drive from Samaria by the Sea. Chania International Airport is at 80 km. Free private parking is possible on site upon availability.

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€89

/night

  • 2.6 km
  • 9.4 / 10
  • Hora Sfakion

Located in Sfakiá, 400 metres from Vrissi Beach, panorama new generation provides accommodation with a terrace, free private parking and a bar. The property is situated 1.4 km from Ilingas Beach, 1.5 km from Ammoudi Beach and 2.4 km from Fylaki Beach. Agios Charalambos Beach is 2.4 km away and Fortress of Frangokastello is 15 km from the hotel.

At the hotel, rooms are equipped with a balcony with a sea view. With a private bathroom equipped with a hairdryer, rooms at panorama new generation also provide guests with free WiFi, while some rooms here will provide you with pool view. At the accommodation, every room comes with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

Historical – Folklore Museum of Gavalochori is 45 km from panorama new generation. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 76 km from the hotel.

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€135

/night

  • 2.7 km
  • 8.6 / 10
  • Imbros

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, pool view and a balcony, Archodiko Villa Imbros is located in Ímbros. It features a garden, garden views and free WiFithroughout the property.

The villa comes with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with mountain views.

The villa can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is 48 km from Archodiko Villa Imbros, while Fortress of Frangokastello is 24 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 61 km from the accommodation.

  • 4.1 km

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