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Skotini Gorge

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The Skotini Gorge cuts through some of the most secluded and untamed regions of Crete. A research station for the study of aerosols, established by the University of Crete, is situated in this isolated location, far from the pollution of urban areas and devoid of human activity. From the village of Finokalias, a brief journey northward will lead you to the gorge. As you traverse this path, you’ll encounter a stunningly wild terrain characterized by bare rocks, sparse vegetation, and a variety of spices and herbs. Within the gorge, you’ll find 2-3 wells filled with water and numerous caves nestled within its towering walls. One such cave is said to have been the dwelling of a mysterious woman known as Datserolenia, according to local lore. This cave is guarded by a stone wall at its entrance. A small beach, Skotini, is situated just a short distance away.

Alternatively, you can take the dirt road from Finokalias to the Saint Andrew Monastery, situated at Cape Drepani. A section of this church is constructed on the mountain rock, with an inscription indicating that its repair was funded by patients from Spinalonga. To reach the beach from here, you’ll need to head eastward along the shoreline.

The name Skotini, meaning ‘dark’ in Greek, likely originates from the high, closely spaced walls of the canyon which, along with the tree canopy, significantly diminish the light, giving the gorge a ‘dark’ appearance. Another theory suggests that the name is derived from the numerous dark caves found within the canyon.

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What is Skotini Gorge?


Skotini Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the region of Lasithi.

What type of gorge is Skotini Gorge?


Skotini Gorge is a hiking gorge.

What is the water situation like in Skotini Gorge?


Skotini Gorge is generally dry.

How accessible is Skotini Gorge?


Skotini Gorge is accessible by walking.

How long is Skotini Gorge?


Skotini Gorge is 2 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Skotini Gorge?


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

How many hours does it take to hike Skotini Gorge?


It takes approximately 1.5 hours to hike Skotini Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Skotini Gorge?


The altitude difference in Skotini Gorge is 150.

Note: The name of the gorge is Skotini Gorge.

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The villa is fitted with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, and 3 bathrooms with a shower, a hair dryer and a washing machine. Towels and bed linen are offered in the villa.

Guests can also relax in the garden.

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The villa with a terrace and sea views features 4 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 3 bathrooms with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the villa.

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

Lake Voulismeni is 20 km from Falcon Villa, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 48 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 56 km from the accommodation.

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The air-conditioned villa consists of 4 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a kitchenware and a kettle, and 4 bathrooms with a shower and a hair dryer. A TV is provided.

Guests can also relax in the garden, beside the pool with a view, or on the sun terrace.

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 49 km from the villa, while Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 20 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 57 km from Elounda Villa Kalydon.

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The villa with a terrace and sea views features 5 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 5 bathrooms with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the villa.

The villa offers an outdoor fireplace. Guests can enjoy the infinity pool and garden at Eagle Villa.

Lake Voulismeni is 20 km from the accommodation, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 48 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 56 km from Eagle Villa.

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The villa is equipped with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

Guests can also relax in the garden.

Lake Voulismeni is 20 km from the villa, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 48 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 56 km from La Villa Havgas.

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Fitted with a fireplace, stone details, Coco-Mat items and hand-picked artwork, all split-level units are air conditioned and have a satellite, flat-screen TV and blu-ray player. All units include a kitchen with a dishwasher and oven with hobs, as well as a Nespresso coffee machine and a kettle. Each has an indoor and outdoor dining area and 2 bathrooms, one with shower and one with bath or spa bath, along with bathrobes and slippers. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Elounda Luxury Villas also includes a barbecue.

Heraklion International Airport is 63 km away. Free private parking is available on site.

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