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Gorges and Hiking in Eastern Crete

Agia Irini Gorge by Ziros-Xerokambos area- Gorges in Eastern Crete

 

 
 
3.5km - 3 hours walking - Difficult passage - No footpath in the gorge
 

The gorge is known to the natives, but unknown to the most of the visitors, who pass from Ziros or Xerokambos (the two destinations most known near the gorge).

Agia irini Gorge
 
 
 
Agia irini Gorge

In fact here we have two different gorges, the north and the south, which they meet just before the seashore.
We are going to describe mostly the southern gorge in this page.

 
 
 

In order to reach the entrance of the gorge, we follow the dirt road to Agia Irini. It starts near Hamaitoulo to the south, on the way to Xerokambos.

Entrance to the gorge
 
 
 
Agia irini Gorge

Just after we turn from the asphalted road, we start descending. At the beginning we walk through some olive groves, which are planted very closely in some places. After we pass through the groves, we enter a wild and rocky area. 1,5 kms far from from the asphalted road, on our left we see the entrance of the gorge. From that point we get out of the dirt road and we enter the gorge.

 
 
 

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There is no path, that’ s why you have to be very careful. Sometimes the pass is difficult and we need to have a very good physical condition!! We don’t recommend to those who are not used in hard hiking.
Agia irini Gorge
 
 
 
Agia irini Gorge
The gorge is very declivitous, but so impressive and somewhere it is too narrow (3-4 m) with high cliff to both sides.
 
 
 

It was very difficult to us to choose the photos we display here. They were many more, but we had to decrease their number.

Agia irini Gorge
 
 
 
The small beach at the end of the gorge

It starts from 500 m high and ends to the sea. In order to pass the gorge itself, we need about 2 hours. As we arrive at the end, i.e. at the seashore, we can swim at the small pebbled beach.

 
 
 

The settlement of Agia Irini is located 500 m far from that beach and up to the hill. You can return to the point you started on the dirt road.

Agia irini Gorge
 
 
 
The northern gorge

If you have a very good physical condition, you can visit the northern gorge, which joins the southern 1 km before you reach the beach.

 
 
 

You have to take into account that the northern gorge is much harder, with difficult passes and in some place there are bluff hypsometric differences !! But it is possible for a well-conditioned wayfarer to pass.
The beginning of the northern gorge is just 1 km far from the asphalted road, near Hametoulo.

Agia irini Gorge
 
 
 
Agia irini Gorge

One more alternative solution for the return is to pass the path which the leads to Xerokambos, parallel to the coast and when you reach there, you can return near Hametoulo by a passing car, where you started passing the gorge. In order to spot the path, you have to ask a native from Agia Irini village.

 
 
 

HAMETOULO – GORGE – AGIA IRINI – HAMETOULO (return from the dirt road) : 4-6 hours walking.

HAMETOULO – GORGE – AGIA IRINI – XEROKAMBOS : 3-5 hours walking

Agia irini Gorge
 
 
 
Agia irini Gorge
Agia irini Gorge
Agia irini Gorge
Agia irini Gorge
 
 
 
Agia irini Gorge
Agia irini Gorge
Agia irini Gorge
Agia irini Gorge
 
 
 
Agia irini Gorge
Agia irini Gorge
The northern gorge near Hametoulo
The middle part of the northern gorge
 

 

 

 
 

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