Sarakina Gorges, Mirtos

#24 of 98 in Outdoors in Lasithi Prefecture
Hike through narrow Sarakina Gorges, featuring rich vegetation, colorful stone walls, a gurgling river, and several ponds ideal for a cooling dip. The gorge is 1.5 km (0.9 mi) long, but just 3 m (10 ft) wide at its narrowest point, with walls rising up to 150 m (492 ft). Legend has it that a giant who lived in the area got thirsty and when he bent down to drink from the river, his beard cut through the mountains and created the canyon. Though the hike is not extremely challenging, it still includes a lot of time walking through the stream and over slippery rocks. You might also have difficulty finding the entrance into the gorge on your own. If you don’t feel confident exploring the gorge on your own, join an organized group. Plan your Sarakina Gorges visit and explore what else you can see and do in Mirtos using our Mirtos trip planner.
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  • It wasn't so bad for a big guy like me and I enjoyed it so much ! Just awesome I had an amazing time spend with my friends  more »
  • This gorge is less well known than The Samaria and Imbros gorges but nevertheless at least as beautiful or even more beautiful. You need to be a bit sportive as you have to climb over rocks to find...  more »
  • Quite demanding gorge (climbing as well as overcoming water) but not too long. Walked up to napping Christos and then anchored in nearby taverna Ἁγία Παρασκευή. Memorable!
  • Just perfect! What can I say. We couldn't enter it this year, because of heavy rains from the winter time, so the river stopped us from going deeper. But the views were amazing!

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