Canyoning in Tsoutsouras
About The Place
The Viannos area in Crete, Greece, is a region of captivating landscapes, rich history, and a vibrant cultural tapestry. Situated in the southern part of the island, Viannos invites travelers to explore its diverse terrain, experience its unique fauna, delve into its cultural heritage, and discover the warmth of its villages.
Geographically, Viannos is marked by a juxtaposition of mountainous terrain and coastal beauty. The rugged slopes of the Dikti mountain range dominate the inland, offering panoramic views of the Cretan landscape. The Viannos Plateau, nestled amidst these mountains, provides fertile ground for agriculture and traditional Cretan villages.
The fauna of Viannos is adapted to the varied landscapes of the region. The mountains are home to a variety of bird species, including eagles and vultures, making it an ideal destination for birdwatchers. The Mediterranean climate creates a habitat for reptiles, small mammals, and diverse plant life, contributing to the ecological richness of the area.
Culturally, Viannos is steeped in history, with traces of ancient civilizations and events that have shaped its identity. The region is known for the Viannos Holocaust, a tragic episode during World War II when German forces executed hundreds of civilians. Memorials and museums in the area, such as the Historical and Folklore Museum of Ano Viannos, pay tribute to the resilience and history of the local communities.
The villages of Viannos, scattered across the landscape, offer a glimpse into traditional Cretan life. Ano Viannos, Kastri, and Keratokambos are among the charming settlements that dot the hills and valleys. These villages feature stone-built houses, narrow winding streets, and tavernas serving authentic Cretan cuisine. The locals, known for their hospitality, often engage visitors with tales of the region’s history and customs.
The Viannos area provides a range of activities that cater to nature lovers and adventure seekers. Hiking trails crisscross the mountains, offering opportunities to explore ancient paths and enjoy breathtaking vistas. The Viannos Gorge, with its rugged beauty and pristine landscapes, is a popular destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The coastal villages along the Libyan Sea, such as Tsoutsouras and Keratokambos, beckon those seeking sun, sea, and relaxation.
Traditional festivals and cultural events are integral to life in Viannos. The locals celebrate religious feasts, known as panigiria, with music, dance, and traditional food. These events provide a chance for visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant local culture and witness the time-honored traditions that define life in Viannos.
The cuisine of Viannos reflects the agricultural bounty of the region and the culinary traditions of Crete. Olive oil, honey, cheese, and locally grown fruits and vegetables form the basis of traditional Cretan dishes. Tavernas in the area serve delicacies such as dakos (barley rusk topped with tomatoes and feta), moussaka, and grilled meats, allowing visitors to savor the authentic flavors of the region.
In conclusion, the Viannos area in Crete, Greece, offers a multifaceted experience that combines natural beauty, cultural richness, and the warmth of traditional Cretan hospitality. Whether exploring ancient paths, hiking through gorges, or savoring local cuisine in picturesque villages, Viannos invites travelers to immerse themselves in the unique charm of this southern Cretan region.
Abseiling number: 13
Max abseiling height: 32m
- 7 Hours
Embark on a thrilling canyoning adventure in the captivating region of Viannos, located in South Crete, where a collection of over 10 breathtaking gorges awaits your exploration. Among them, the Tsoutsouros gorge stands out as a stunning and technically diverse canyon, perfect for beginners and children aged 12 and above.
Our journey begins with a short hike from the parking spot, leading us to the entrance of the canyon at the picturesque position of Sfakias. As we venture deeper into the gorge, we encounter a series of abseils that start off short and easy, allowing us to familiarize ourselves with the techniques and equipment. However, as we progress, the abseils gradually become longer and steeper, adding an exhilarating challenge to our descent.
Throughout the canyoning experience, we are treated to an ever-changing terrain and awe-inspiring vistas that stretch towards the mesmerizing sea. Depending on the weather conditions, we may even be blessed with the presence of water in the gorge, presenting us with the incredible opportunity to abseil down enchanting waterfalls. The duration of the descent can range from 3 to 4 hours, depending on the group’s level of experience and pace.
Upon reaching the end of our exhilarating journey, we emerge at the picturesque south coast of Crete, in the charming village of Tsoutsouros.
- Personal expenses, such as coffees and alcoholic drinks
- Anything not mentioned in the “includes” list
What to Bring
Low Trekking shoes or Sports shoes
A second – spare outfit
Experienced canyoning guide
Free transport from/to your hotel with our Vans. (as long as you are within the North Heraklion area)
Lunch pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)
Canyoning equipment (in excellent condition,from top of the line companies)
- Minimum of 3 participants
- Minimum age 12+
- Starting time 08:00
- Ending time 15:00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds