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Tripiti Gorge - Heraklion

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The Trypiti Gorge, nestled in the Asterousia mountain range, lies south of Vassiliki village and channels water from the valley east of Miamou village through the Agiosavvitis river. Stretching over 4 km, the gorge ends in a stunning pebble beach named Tripiti. A dirt road, running along the eastern side of the gorge, provides access to the beach, following several kilometers before reaching the riverbed at the sea’s edge.

The gorge narrows near Saint Paraskevi church, situated at an elevation of 655m. The initial section of the gorge houses steep waterfalls, making it inaccessible without technical expertise and canyoneering equipment. The western side, in particular, is incredibly steep and dangerous. The Prophet Elijah church is a prominent feature at Katsakne, the peak of the western slopes. This church can be accessed via another dirt road that begins about half a kilometer before the gorge’s entrance.

Midway through the gorge, close to the dirt road, lies the Saint Savas church, surrounded by wild olive trees. The unique feature of this woodland is its wild, uncultivated olive trees, offering a glimpse into the natural habitat of these trees. The gorge is also home to an array of wildlife and bird species.

As you continue towards the sea, the road merges with the ravine and soon leads to the most picturesque part of the gorge: the narrow canyon, also known as Steno Faragi. Here, the sides of the gorge come so close together that they appear to touch. A road, just wide enough for a car, passes through this narrow gap. At the end of this narrow section, next to the beach, you’ll find the Panagia Tripiti church, built inside a cave, that celebrates its feast on September 1st.

The Trypiti Gorge is known by various other names, including Saint Savas Gorge, Katsakne, and Lavri. On the eastern side’s Papouri hill, archaeologists have uncovered a significant Preminoan settlement. Additionally, vaulted graves have been discovered at the Kalokambos location.

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Gorge name: Tripiti Gorge – Heraklion

What type of gorge is Tripiti Gorge?

Tripiti Gorge is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Tripiti Gorge?

Generally, Tripiti Gorge is dry.

What is the accessibility of Tripiti Gorge?

Tripiti Gorge is accessible by walking.

How long is Tripiti Gorge?

Tripiti Gorge is 4 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Tripiti Gorge?

From a total of 10, the difficulty level of Tripiti Gorge is 1.

How many hours does it take to hike Tripiti Gorge?

It takes approximately 3 hours to hike Tripiti Gorge.

What is the altitude difference of Tripiti Gorge?

The altitude difference of Tripiti Gorge is 650.

Where is Tripiti Gorge located?

Tripiti Gorge is located in the region of Heraklion.

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Stays near Tripiti Gorge - Heraklion

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Situated in Vasilikí, Loft for travellers offers accommodation with a terrace or a balcony, free WiFi and flat-screen TV, as well as a garden.

There is a fully equipped kitchen and a private bathroom.

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Surrounded by olive trees, in Vasiliki Village, the stone-built Amazing Stone Villa offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi access and views over the lush surroundings. Guests will find traditional cafes, a mini market, a pharmacy and a gas station within a short drive.

Featuring vintage furniture and decoration, all units come with a fully equipped kitchen, a living area and a bathroom with shower. Facilities include a TV, an oven, a fridge, and a stovetop. A bottle of olive oil and a bottle of local wine , produced by the owners are offered upon arrival.

All bedrooms have air conditioning.

The property offers a large shared courtyard with flowers , BBQ and outdoor furniture.

The isolated sandy beach of Tripiti is 8 km from Amazing Stone Villa, while Matala is 25 km away. Heraklio Town is 41 km from the accommodation and Agia Galini is 30 km away. Heraklion International Airport is at a distance of 42 km.




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This holiday home has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with an oven and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom fitted with a shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

Guests at the holiday home can enjoy hiking nearby, or benefit from the sun terrace.

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The holiday home is fitted with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with garden views.

A outdoor play equipment is also available at the holiday home, while guests can also relax in the garden.

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With direct access to a terrace with garden views, the air-conditioned villa consists of 3 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. A flat-screen TV is featured.

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