River Trekking in Sarakina Gorge
About The Place
Sarakina Gorge, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Crete, Greece, is a mesmerizing testament to the power of nature’s artistry. Carved by the timeless dance of water and rock, this gorge offers an enchanting journey through a landscape that seems plucked from a fairy tale.
Entering Sarakina Gorge is like stepping into a secret world. Towering cliffs, adorned with lush vegetation, create a cathedral-like ambiance that inspires awe. The path winds alongside the gentle stream that has sculpted this natural masterpiece, leading you deeper into the heart of the gorge’s mystique.
As you venture deeper, the gorge’s character transforms, revealing captivating features that awaken the imagination. Narrow passages, sculpted by millennia of water’s embrace, offer moments of intimate connection with the natural world. The play of light filtering through the foliage creates a kaleidoscope of colors and textures that dance on the walls, creating an ever-changing canvas.
The path is a sensory journey, with the sounds of flowing water and the rustling of leaves underfoot creating a soothing symphony. The scent of damp earth and the coolness of the air invigorate the senses, while the touch of the smooth rocks under your fingertips reminds you of the enduring power of the elements.
Sarakina Gorge isn’t just a geological wonder; it’s a sanctuary of tranquility and reflection. As you follow the path, the outside world fades away, leaving you with an intimate connection to the raw beauty that surrounds you. It’s a place of contemplation, where time seems to slow down and the rhythm of nature takes center stage.
For those who seek an immersive encounter with nature’s artistry, Sarakina Gorge delivers an unforgettable experience. It’s a haven where the elements have crafted a symphony of shapes, colors, and sensations that stir the soul. As you emerge from the gorge, the memories of its beauty and mystique remain, a testament to Crete‘s timeless allure and the enchantment that lies hidden within its landscapes.
- Activity Duration 2 Hours
- Total Tour Duration 6 Hours
An unforgettable river trekking adventure through the enchanting Sarakina Gorge, nestled in the southeastern region of Crete, a mere 17 km away from Ierapetra, near the quaint village of Mithi. Although not lengthy, this gorge is renowned among visitors for its exceptional ease and natural beauty.
According to local myth, the colossal Sarantapichos once paused to quench his thirst from the river Myrtos. However, as he drank, his long beard inadvertently carved the mountain in two, giving birth to the magnificent Sarakina Gorge.
Stretching approximately 1.5 km in length, the gorge showcases a width ranging from 3 to 10 meters, widening at select points. Towering walls, reaching heights of around 150 meters, embrace this natural wonder. The ever-flowing Kriopotamos River meanders through the gorge, creating mesmerizing waterfalls and inviting pools, perfect for a refreshing summer swim. In areas with more challenging terrain, carved steps and conveniently placed tree trunks serve as makeshift ladders, aiding our progress.
- Personal expenses, such as coffees and alcoholic drinks
- Anything not mentioned in the “includes” list
What to Bring
Hat – Sunglasses
Experienced Trekking Guide
Free transport from/to your hotel with our vans. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
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 14:00
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