Orino gorge (“Gorge of the red butterflies”)

This is an interesting gorge which begins at Orino village and ends up at the area of Koutsouras. Despite the catastrophic fires suffered by the forest in Orino area,the gorge remains one of the most beautiful ecosystems of the region, being thick with vegetation. The walk through the gorge is fairly easy and relatively effortless.

It is approximately 3,5 kilometres long in total and the elevation difference between the entrance and the outlet is 500 metres.  

The gorge is also known as “Gorge of the red butterflies”, due to the many red butterflies that live there. Unfortunately, their number has decreased significantly in the past few years, due to forest fires.

  • Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
  • History, Culture
  • What to do (Activities)
  • What to see (Culture, Nature)

Additional Info

  • region Koutsouras-Orino, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • activities Hiking
  • suggested period

    All year round

  • path description


  • path length

    3,5 km

  • difficulty level

    Relatively easy trail (uphill path), altitude difference 500 m

  • relevant routes


To view the 3D map download and install Google Earth plugin

Contact Us

Subscribe to our newsletter!

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Policy.

I accept cookies from this site