Like most gorges of Crete, Richtis gorge at Sitia is worth crossing! The starting point is located just before the village Exo Mouliana and the hike takes 3-4 hours. During the normal walking path (about 3 km.) you can admire the lush scenery and impressive springs in this area also during the summer months. Shortly before the end of the gorge you will see the waterfall. The gorge ends at the beach of Richtis.
Distance from hotel: 17 km. - 25 minutes drive to the entrance of the gorge.
Gorge of the Dead or Zakros gorge
The entrance to the gorge of the Dead is close to Pano Zakros. The relatively easy route takes about two hours, ends in Kato Zakros and is part of the E4 European path. The exceptional beauty of this gorge will surely amaze you! You can admire, among others, the caves inside the tall cliffs, where Minoan tombs where discovered (hence the name "Gorge of the Dead").
Distance from hotel: 34.5 km. - 45 minutes drive to the entrance of the gorge.
The entrance of the gorge is the village Chochlakies where you can leave your car. The exceptionally beautiful path has 3.5 km length and it is part of the E4 European path. Usually the hike takes 1.5 hours. During the winter period the gorge has plenty of water, while spring and summer you may come across small ponds.
Distance from hotel: 25 km. - 30 minutes drive to the entrance of the gorge.
The gorge Toplou starts at the west of the Toplou Monastery, and it surprises the hikers that walk through it. It is a wooded gorge that has water all year round. In fact at the end of the route you will find two small ponds with fresh water. It is worth to mention that you will also come across Palm trees Theophrastus.
Distance from hotel: 15 km. - 17 minutes drive to the entrance of the gorge.