Imbros Gorge – Sfakia – Chania

Imbros Gorge – Sfakia – Chania

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 exits after approximately 5 kilometres, at the village of Komitades, near the beach of Frangokastello.

Its walls rise vertically 300 metres high and its width does not exceed 2 metres at places. The walk down the gorge is fairly easy; it can be done throughout the year and requires approximately 3 hours, as far as the village of Komitades.

Imbros Gorge – Sfakia – Chania

At the beginning of the walk, the scenery is bare. However, as the walls of the gorge grow taller, it becomes more and more impressive. Oaks and oleanders grow in the cracks on the walls, while the stream bed is thick with tall pines, oaks and plane trees. Towards the middle of the route the scenery changes again. The walls close in on each other (they are only 2-3 metres apart), giving the impression of a natural tunnel. From this point downwards, for a certain distance, the landscape is exceptionally impressive. Towards the outlet it becomes tamer, and the gorge ends up at a stream next to Komitades village. Once there, one can easily find transport to return to the entrance to the gorge or continue to the neighbouring village of Frangokastello and to Chora Sfakion.

The starting point at Imbros village is one of many entrance points that visitors can choose from. Almost all have a parking space and a taverna or canteen located nearby, which is ideal if you have forgotten to pick up water or want to settle for a meal afterwards. During the high season, taxis line up and wait for tired visitors at the exit of the gorge. This is ideal if you are travelling with children but do not forget to bring cash!

The Askifou to Komitades trail that belongs to the E4 European long-distance path, crosses through the gorge of Imbros. With rich flora, beautiful scenery and a fairly safe and easy to follow crossing, the gorge of Imbros is one of the best hiking escapes for families.