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Tripiti Gorge - Chania

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Tripiti, the second largest gorge in proximity to Samaria gorge after Klados gorge, can be reached from Omalos plateau via the Gigilos peak trail that intersects Linosseli spring. However, caution is advised due to a precarious pathway where massive landslides could occur, potentially trapping you. It is strongly recommended to be accompanied by an experienced hiker for safety.

As one of Crete’s longest gorges, Tripiti necessitates a two-day journey since no roads lead directly to its entrance. The adventure begins on the first day from Plateau Omalos (elevation 1200 meters), climbing towards the formidable Gigilos peak (2080m). The path crosses the Linoseli spring (1,400m), then ascends to a mountain ridge at 1700m where the Koustogerako trail intersects with the Gigilos trail. From this ridge, the descent to Tripiti gorge’s riverbed commences, which can be reached from Omalos in about three hours. Overnight options include staying on the ridge or continuing slightly further to the dilapidated Tzatzimos sheepfold.

The following day, continue down the trail until it intersects with the river bed at an elevation of 700m. From there, follow the bed to reach the South Cretan Sea at Tripiti beach. The journey from Gigilos to the beach is approximately six hours. The gorge is a spectacle with towering, often cavernous walls (Tripiti’s name derives from the Greek word for caves, “tripes”). It’s not uncommon for hikers to encounter the endangered Cretan ibex amidst the lush flora and pine trees.

Close to Tripiti beach, located at Cape Tripiti, you’ll find a water cistern, a quaint goat pen, and the picturesque chapel of Saint Nicholas. The Tripiti peninsula was once home to the ancient town Pikilasos, a port for the influential town Elyros. If no boat is available for pick-up, a 3-4 hour walk along the E4 trail to the west will take you to the coastal village of Sougia. This trail also passes by the ruins of the Turkish tower of Voukelasi and the chapel of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah). On the feast day of Prophet Elijah (19-20 July), many people from Sougia visit the chapel either by boat or on foot.

For the initial part of the gorge, the riverbed has steep descents requiring canyoneering equipment. Therefore, canyoners can bypass the side trail and traverse the gorge using technical gear in the bed.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is Tripiti Gorge?

Tripiti Gorge is a hiking gorge located in Chania, Greece.

What type of gorge is Tripiti Gorge?

Tripiti Gorge is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Tripiti Gorge?

Generally, Tripiti Gorge is dry.

How can I access Tripiti Gorge?

You can access Tripiti Gorge by boat or walking.

How long is Tripiti Gorge?

Tripiti Gorge is 9 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Tripiti Gorge?

On a scale of 1 to 10, the difficulty level of Tripiti Gorge is 3.

How many hours does it take to hike Tripiti Gorge?

It takes approximately 9 hours to hike Tripiti Gorge.

What is the altitude difference of Tripiti Gorge?

The altitude difference of Tripiti Gorge is 2080.

Where is Tripiti Gorge located?

Tripiti Gorge is located in the region of Chania, Greece.

 

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  • Agia Roumeli

Set 400 metres from the centre and featuring a restaurant serving homemade dishes prepared with local produce, the family-run Sweet Corner Masxali offers pet-friendly accommodation, 350 metres from Agia Roumeli Port.

All units are air conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is also a kitchen, equipped with a refrigerator. There is a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer in each unit. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Sweet Corner Masxali also includes a sun terrace. Guests can enjoy a meal and delicious breakfast at the on-site restaurant. At the restaurant you will also find traditional meals with locally produced ingredients. The property also offers packed lunches. Free sun loungers and umbrellas are available on the beach.

You can engage in various activities, such as snorkeling and diving, while 2 water bikes and 6 canoes can be provided free of charge. Free shuttle service from Agia Roumeli Port is provided.

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  • 9 / 10
  • Agia Roumeli, Sfakia

Located 60 metres from the beach of Agia Roumeli, the quietly located Artemis Studios offers split-level, self-catering accommodation with side sea view towards west, garden or mountain views from its balcony. It features a family-run restaurant.

The air-conditioned studios of Artemis have an open-plan kitchenette with seating and dining area. Each is equipped with a fridge and cooking hobs. The private bathroom comes with shower and free toiletries. Free WiFi is offered.

Guests can start their day with a continental breakfast served daily at the Artemis Restaurant, where traditional Cretan dishes can also be enjoyed at discounted prices for lunch or dinner.

Mini markets can be found within a short walk from the property. The village of Agia Roumeli is accessible either by crossing the Samaria Gorge or by ferry from Sfakia, Sougia or Paleochora. Guests have the chance to participate in a 4-day activity programme at Samaria Gorge.

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  • 9.5 / 10
  • Agia Roumeli Sfakion

Calypso Hotel is located just 20 metres from the beach, in Agia Roumeli village. It features rooms with air conditioning and a furnished balcony with Libyan Sea views. The on-site café-restaurant serves breakfast.

Calypso rooms are fitted with tiled floors and wooden ceilings and include a refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi access is offered in all public areas.

Sun beds and umbrellas are available on the beach at an extra charge. Staff can provide information on organized excursions, such as a hike of the Samaria Gorge.

Calypso Hotel is 75 km from Chania. Nearby Sfakia and Loutro are accessible by boat. Free public and private parking are available.

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  • 6.8 km
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  • Αγία Ρουμέλη

Located in Agia Roumeli, 200 metres from Agia Roumeli Beach, Paradise features rooms with sea views and free WiFi. There is a restaurant serving Greek cuisine, and free private parking is available.

At the hotel each room has air conditioning, a wardrobe, a balcony with a city view, a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

Paradise offers a sun terrace.

The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 88 km from the accommodation.

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  • Sougia

Situated just 200 metres from the beach of Sougia, 3-star Syia Hotel offers self-catering rooms with private balcony. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.

Syia open-plan studios and two-room apartments are bright and very spacious. They include a well-equipped kitchenette with coffee maker, toaster and fridge. Climate control, a satellite TV and a hairdryer are included.

Guests can start their day with the breakfast served at the property’s dining area. They can also enjoy a drink from the bar either at the lounge area or at the furnished terrace overlooking the Libyan Sea.

Syia serves as a convenient starting point for exploring the beaches of South Crete, such as Palaiochora located a 30-minute drive away. Free on-site parking is possible.

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  • Sougia

Located within 300 metres from Sougia Beach, Galini offers accommodation with furnished balconies overlooking the Lefka Ori mountain range. Rooms are equipped with fridge and a TV.

Studios and Apartments Galini feature air-conditioned units with coffee-making facilities. Most accommodation types include kitchenettes. Room cleaning is provided daily.

Family-run Galini Studios & Apartments offer free Wi-Fi access in all studios and apartments. There are barbecue facilities in the garden as well as a common kitchen. Free private parking is possible on site.

The scenic Sougia village is located by the Libyan sea, about 70 km from the city of Chania. There are many tavernas and shops for everyday necessities. Samaria Gorge and Agia Irini Gorge are easily accessible by boat.

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