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Spiliotissa Gorge, Rogdia

Gorge description

A petite gorge forms to the west of the Rogdia village and opens up at the Paliokastro area. The journey begins from the ancient Koukos watermill, situated on the primary road linking Rogdia to Achlada, and takes you down to its most striking feature, the 10-meter tall Rechtra waterfall, which can be accessed through a relatively steep descent with ropes. As you traverse down the gorge, you’ll encounter several small waterfalls, the cave-like chapel of Panagia Spiliotissa, and finally arrive at the Paliokastro beach.

One of the most astounding sights is a cave situated right in the heart of the gorge, which has been converted into a studio for creating Christian icons by a hagiographer, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It is highly recommended to stop by this unique site, engage in conversation with the artist, admire the icons, and perhaps purchase a few.

You can also conveniently reach the fall by trekking up the gorge from Paliokastro.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is Spiliotissa Gorge?

Spiliotissa Gorge is a hiking gorge located in Rogdia, Heraklion.

What type of gorge is Spiliotissa Gorge?

Spiliotissa Gorge is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Spiliotissa Gorge?

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

How accessible is Spiliotissa Gorge?

Spiliotissa Gorge is accessible via a paved road.

How long is Spiliotissa Gorge?

Spiliotissa Gorge is 15 km long.

How difficult is Spiliotissa Gorge?

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

How many hours does it take to hike Spiliotissa Gorge?

It takes approximately 0.5 hours to hike Spiliotissa Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Spiliotissa Gorge?

The altitude difference in Spiliotissa Gorge is 70 meters.

Where is Spiliotissa Gorge located?

Spiliotissa Gorge is located in the region of Heraklion.

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