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Venerato Gorge

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The Venerato canyon, a hidden gem, is nestled 17km south of Heraklion, adjacent to the Venerato village and Paliani Monastery. Despite its modest length of 500m, the deepest part of the gorge leaves a lasting impression on its visitors, despite the visible impact of human activities.

The journey begins in Avgeniki village and concludes at the Agios Fanourios church in Venerato, nestled beneath a towering cliff. A brief stroll through the canyon from Agios Fanourios can be paired with a quick exploration of Venerato village. This charming village, once home to Venetian nobles, was often referred to as “Little Venice” due to its picturesque landscape.

The Apollonas river, which maintains its flow throughout the year, meanders through the gorge, carrying water from Agia Varvara to the Giofyros river. The river’s name, Apollonas, is derived from the ancient town of Apollonia, which once stood here. Some remnants of this town still exist near the gorge. As one ventures further into the gorge, the vegetation and platan trees flourish, harmoniously blending with an ancient watermill. The gorge narrows down to a width of 60cm, with the walls towering up to 25 meters.

Moving ahead, the Gra Spiliara (Old Cave), a haven for wild pigeons, emerges. The cave and the canyon served as a sanctuary during the Turkish Era and the German Occupation of Crete. Some parts of the gorge require wading through water or climbing over rocks. It is advisable for those descending the gorge to wear a helmet to protect against potential falling stones caused by the goats that inhabit the canyon’s edges.

After walking another 80m, you’ll reach the Kouroupi area. Here, the canyon walls almost converge, creating several small waterfalls. There’s a narrow, 20-meter long crevice in the rock that ends in a 7-meter high cliff and a deep pond. This marks the end of the walkable part of the gorge.

Until the 1950s, locals sourced their drinking water from this river, used it for irrigation, and it was home to a variety of wildlife including turtles, eels, and crabs. Sadly, pollution and domestic sewage have significantly degraded the ecosystem. This beautiful location deserves a better fate, and we can only hope it attains it.

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What is Venerato Gorge?

Venerato Gorge is a hiking gorge located in the region of Heraklion.

What type of gorge is Venerato Gorge?

Venerato Gorge is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Venerato Gorge all year round?

Yes, there is water in Venerato Gorge all year round.

How accessible is Venerato Gorge?

Venerato Gorge is accessible via a paved road.

How long is Venerato Gorge?

Venerato Gorge is 5 km long.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult is Venerato Gorge?

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

How many hours does it take to hike Venerato Gorge?

It takes approximately 0.5 hours to hike Venerato Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Venerato Gorge?

The altitude difference in Venerato Gorge is 30 meters.

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A car rental service is available at the holiday home.

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The apartment with a terrace and mountain 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 shower. Towels and bed linen are available in the apartment.

The apartment offers a picnic area. A bicycle rental service is available at Cozy studio in Dafnes near to Heraklion.

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