Anidri gorge

Anidri gorge

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The gorge of Anidri is one of the smallest of the Cretan gorges yet lovely in its own way. 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.

Remote peaks with smooth slopes, extensive olive groves, orchards, chestnut trees, and plane trees growing in ravines and humid spots, make a wonderful setting, gentler in comparison to the eastern part of the KandanosSelinos area, and full of characteristic colours and scents. The gorge of Anidri, which is a part of this diverse ecosystem, may not have impressively high, vertical walls, but is an ideal destination for those who prefer pleasant walks in the Cretan nature.

Anidri gorge

At the end of the route, a swim in the cool, crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea, at magnificent Gialiskari, is very rewarding. It prepares the visitor for the return to the village or the walk to neighbouring Lissos, to the east (E4 path) or Paleochora, to the west. The E4 European long-distance path that crosses through the area travels from Paleochora to Lissos (or the opposite) and you can take it even further towards Sougia if you so wish.

This is a stunning and remote part of the southern coastline of the Chania region that can be explored almost entirely on foot, from Paleochora until Chora Sfakion. It is characterized by the antithesis of the mountain cliffs and expansive views over the Libyan Sea. To reach Anidri from Chania, you will need to drive for about 75 km through the villages of Mesavlia, Floria, Kavdanos and follow signs towards Paleochora. The village of Paleochora has been a popular tourism destination for many years, with a plethora of small bays around its 11 km of coastline.

During the summer months, ferry routes operate between Paleochora, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Chora Sfakion and the island of Gavdos.