The spectacular, verdant gorge of Patsos is located in the inland area of the Prefecture of Rethymnon, at the north-west part of the Municipality of Amari. It is a beautiful gorge with a small river running through it. It has been developed for the visitors’ ease of walking, by the Forest Authority.
It is 2 kilometres long and the walk requires 2 hours in total,including the return to the entrance. The elevation difference between the highest point and the entrance reaches 240 metres.
Inside the gorge there are designated rest areas and a bird watching hide. The charms of the gorge are numerous: the huge plane trees and the luxuriant vegetation that grows in the watercourse; the imposing high walls; the chapel of Agios Antonios, which is built in a niche of a large cave.
The altar of an ancient open air sanctuary used to stand next to the chapel; the god Hermes (Kraneos Ermis), protector of shepherds, forests and the fertility of nature, as well as the god Pan, were worshipped there in Antiquity.
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- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- region Patsos-Aghios Antonios, Amari, Rethymno
- activities Hiking, Bird Watching
- suggested period
All year round
- path description
- path length
- difficulty level
Relatively easy trail (downhill path), altitude difference 240 m
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