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Topolia Gorge

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Gorge description

The gorge of Topolia (Topoliano) is located in west Crete and it runs along the road leading to Elafonissi via Elos. The canyon actually starts near the village Strovles at an altitude of 450m, and exits near the village Topolia, at an altitude of 150m. However, the narrowest and most impressive hiking part of the gorge is located between Katsomatados and Topolia, where the side rocks are very high and steep. The canyon is crossed by the River Tyflos, which originates from Mount Dikeos. At the beginning of the narrow part, it is worth visiting the Cave of Agia Sofia, located just above the main road.

The canyon and the wider area host rare and endemic plants of Crete, while the Cave of St. Sophia houses a species of cave spider that lives only there (Pholcus creticus). According to local traditions, Topolia Gorge hosted fairies and the Minoan goddess Vritomartis. Here, the legendary Talos used to stop and enjoy the divine music of the fairies. When Talos arrived at the place, rested inside a big cave, drank water and fell asleep. Then, the fairies and elves of the river arrived, singing and dancing.

Most frequent asked questions

What type of gorge is Topolia Gorge?

Topolia Gorge is a hiking gorge, perfect for those who love to explore nature on foot.

Is there water in Topolia Gorge?

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

How accessible is Topolia Gorge?

Topolia Gorge is easily accessible via a paved road.

How long is Topolia Gorge?

Topolia Gorge is 3 km long, providing ample opportunity for a scenic hike.

How difficult is Topolia Gorge?

On a scale of 1 to 10, Topolia Gorge is rated as a 2 in terms of difficulty, making it a great option for hikers of all skill levels.

How long does it take to hike Topolia Gorge?

It takes approximately 1.5 hours to hike Topolia Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Topolia Gorge?

The altitude difference in Topolia Gorge is 100 meters.

 

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  • Επαρχιακή Οδός Τοπολιά-Καλάθενας

Situated in Kaláthenai in the Crete region, Georgia’s Village House features a patio. The air-conditioned accommodation is 15 km from Kissamos / Kasteli Port, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.

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Ancient Falassarna is 25 km from the holiday home, while Agios Dimitrios Church is 32 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 56 km from Georgia’s Village House.

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The apartment offers a picnic area.

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Agios Dimitrios Church is 32 km from the apartment, while Platanias Square is 32 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 55 km from Studio Batilas.

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Situated in Kaláthenai and only 16 km from Kissamos / Kasteli Port, Margiani House features accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This holiday home provides air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

The holiday home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

The holiday home offers a barbecue. A car rental service is available at Margiani House.

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The villa with a terrace and garden views features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the villa.

Guests can also relax in the garden.

Kissamos / Kasteli Port is 13 km from the villa, while Ancient Falassarna is 23 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 57 km from Pool Villa Michail, in Kissamos!.

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