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Toplou Gorge

Gorge description

The Cretan countryside hides a remarkable secret – a petite gorge near the Toplou monastery, which is essentially a combination of two ravines that unite just before they meet the sea.

Despite its modest size, it harbors two significant marvels. The first is a quaint colony of Cretan date palm trees (Theophrastus palm trees). The second is a series of freshwater ponds that appear at the end of the gorge, near the sea. These springs are an extraordinary sight, especially considering the typically hot and arid climate of East Crete.

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Toplou Gorge located?

Toplou Gorge is located in the Lasithi Region of Crete, Greece.

What is the length of Toplou Gorge?

The length of Toplou Gorge is approximately 3 kilometers.

Is Toplou Gorge suitable for hiking?

Yes, Toplou Gorge is a popular hiking destination in Crete. However, it is recommended to have proper hiking gear and be in good physical condition.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Toplou Gorge?

The difficulty level of hiking in Toplou Gorge is moderate to difficult, with some steep and rocky sections.

What is the best time to visit Toplou Gorge?

The best time to visit Toplou Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the vegetation is lush.

Are there any entrance fees to visit Toplou Gorge?

No, there are no entrance fees to visit Toplou Gorge.

What are some other attractions near Toplou Gorge?

Some other attractions near Toplou Gorge include the Toplou Monastery, Vai Beach, and the Palm Forest of Vai.

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Stays near Toplou Gorge

  • 9.7 / 10
  • Eparchiaki Odos Sitias - Palekastrou - Vai

Featuring mountain views, Liogerma Resorts features accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 1.6 km from Analoukas Beach. This apartment offers free private parking, free shuttle service and free WiFi.

The apartment is fitted with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

The apartment offers a picnic area. Liogerma Resorts features a barbecue and a garden.

Vai Palm Forest is 15 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 11 km from Liogerma Resorts.

  • 3.8 km
  • 9.8 / 10
  • ΕΠΑΡ. ΟΔΟΣ ΠΑΛΑΙΚΑΣΤΡΟΥ ΒΑΪ

Pelegrines V. Is set in Palekastron. Situated 10 km from Vai Palm Forest, the property features a terrace and free private parking.

The holiday home with a balcony and sea views has 1 bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge, and 1 bathroom with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are available in the holiday home.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 18 km from the holiday home.

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€45

/night

  • 4.1 km
  • 8.9 / 10
  • Kouremenos

Villa Amalia is nestled on Palekastro amidst olive groves. It features a courtyard with sun loungers and panoramic sea view. The family-run property offers self-contained units with private balcony and free WiFi throughout.

Each of the studios and apartments features a kitchenette and a private bathroom.

Guests can relax at the garden and enjoy the scenic view. Barbeque facilities are available for all guests to use.

Kouremenos Beach is an 1-minute drive away and it is ideal for windsurfing. Villa Amalia is 21 km from Sitia, and 6 km from the famous palm beach of Vai. The traditional village of Palekastro is just a 10-minute walk.

  • 4.9 km
  • 9 / 10
  • Λύδια 72300 Παλαίκαστρο

Featuring garden views, Lydia Guest House provides accommodation with a garden, around 12 km from Vai Palm Forest. This property offers access to a terrace, free private parking and free WiFi.

The holiday home is composed of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and 1 bathroom.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 21 km from the holiday home.

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€69

/night

  • 5.1 km
  • 10 / 10
  • Kouremenos

Boasting a hot tub, Panorama Family House is set in Palekastron. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

Providing access to a terrace with garden views, the villa consists of 5 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. A flat-screen TV is offered.

Kouremenos Beach is less than 1 km from the villa, while Maridati Beach is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 22 km from Panorama Family House.

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  • 8.3 / 10
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Situated 2.4 km from Kouremenos Beach, Vai Rent Rooms offers a terrace, a bar and air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi.

There is a fully equipped kitchen and a private bathroom.

Chiona Beach is 2.8 km from the aparthotel, while Vai Palm Forest is 8.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 19 km from Vai Rent Rooms.

  • 5.3 km

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