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Hiking the Rouvas Gorge

Hiking the Rouvas Gorge

Product Code : 6910

About The Place

The Rouvas Gorge, also known as Agios Nikolaos or Gafaris Gorge, stands out as the primary gorge in Psiloritis and central Crete. Within this ecosystem lie abundant flora and fauna, as well as smaller canyons, captivating geological formations, and cliffs of extraordinary beauty. Stretching for a total length of 4 km in one direction, the journey begins at the Eleonas country village.

The path follows the river bed, which, during spring, is teeming with water, forming numerous waterfalls and ponds along the way. Progressing through the lush green gorge, one encounters a wooden bridge before reaching the heart of the Rouvas forest and the Agios Ioannis (St. John) church.

Rouvas Forest, covering approximately 30,000 acres, holds national significance due to its holly trees, which have deviated from the typical shape and size found in Greece. The uniqueness of Rouvas Forest lies in the distinct characteristics and sizes exhibited by these holly trees.

At the St. John location, an old chapel by the same name stands, surrounded by a picturesque meadow ideal for picnics and rest. The return journey retraces the same path from St. John.

Total Duration

  • Hiking Duration 6 Hours
  • Total Tour Duration 8 Hours

Full description

Experience the captivating beauty of Zaros through an exhilarating hiking adventure that unveils its ancient water spring and breathtaking landscapes. Known since antiquity for its fresh water source, Zaros awaits just an hour and a half’s drive from Heraklion. The return journey is equally as scenic and fulfilling. Within the gorge of Saint Nicholas lies the Rouvas forest, a vital ecosystem boasting holly trees of national significance.

Embark on the hiking trail that commences from Zaros Lake, forming part of the renowned E4 trail. Our path leads us through the enchanting gorge of Agios Nikolaos, where we tread along the riverbed surrounded by lush greenery. During the spring, the river flows abundantly, creating captivating waterfalls and serene ponds. After approximately 2 hours of invigorating hiking, covering almost 5 kilometers, we arrive at the mesmerizing Rouvas holly forest. A picturesque picnic area awaits us at Ai Giannis, complete with a mountain shelter, comfortable seating, toilets, and a refreshing spring—a perfect spot for a well-deserved snack break.

At this juncture, we face a choice: continue onward to the scenic location of “Dyo Prini,” where panoramic views of the Rouvas forest, Zaros, and the Messara plain await, or return to the starting point at the lake.

Price Excludes:

  • Personal expenses, such as coffees and alcoholic drinks
  • Anything not mentioned in the “includes” list

What to Bring

  • Trekking shoes

  • Windproof jacket

  • Camera

  • Sun Screen

  • Hat – sun glasses


  • Experienced Guide

  • Free transport from/to your hotel with our vans. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Lunch pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)

  • Trekking equipment (trekking poles, backpack) uppon request


  • Minimum of 3 participants


  • Starting time 08:00
  • Ending time 16:00

Meeting point

Hotel Pick Up ( North Heraklio area)

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

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