The gorges that are to be found in the Prefecture of Chania are rich in vegetation and have a wild beauty. The gorge of Samaria (probably the best-known gorge of Crete), habitat of the Cretan wild goat (also known as kri-kri), is counted among them.
These gorges usually end up at magnificent beaches, creating remarkable ecosystems for endemic flora and rare birds of prey.
The gorge of Aradena is one of the most significant and impressive gorges of Crete. Its entrance is located at the deserted village of Aradena, which is to be found at the western end of theplateau of Anopoli Sfakion, below the imposing, high peaks of the Lefka Ori mountain range.
about 5,5 km
The gorge of Imbros, in the area of Sfakia, is one of the deepest and narrowest gorges of Crete. It begins a little to the south of Imbros village, on Askifou plateau, and ends up after approximately 5 kilometres, at the village of Komitades, near the beach of Frangokastello.
about 5 km
The gorge of Katholiko, also known as To Avlaki tou Agίou (= water channel of the saint), as locals call it, is located at the northern end of Akrotίri, near Chania, very close to Gouverneto Monastery.
about 3 km (total route length)
The gorge of Topolia (Topolianó) is located in the inland area of Kissamos, at the western end of the Chania Prefecture. It begins at the village of Topolia and after approximately 1.500 metres it ends up at a verdant valley, next to Koutsomatados village. The walk down the gorge, which is fairly easy, requires about one hour.
The gorge of Agia Irini, a place of unique beauty and vegetation, is located at the western section of the Lefka Ori, near Agia Irini village, which belongs to the Municipality of Kandanos-Selinos. The gorge is part of the E4 European long distance path. It is 7,5 kilometres long and the walk through it requires approximately 3 hours. The entrance is situated near the village of Agίa Irini, and the outlet 5 kilometres north of the coastal village of Sougia.
about 7,5 km
The gorge of Anidri is small yet lovely. It is located in the Paleochora region, at the south-west end of the Chania Prefecture. It runs from the village of Anidri to the magnificent twin beaches at Gialiskari, which are separated by a small peninsula thick with junipers. The gorge is 2 kilometres long. It requires less than 1 hour to pass through, and a little more than that to return to the village.
about 2 km