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Adravasti Gorge in Palekastro

 

 
 


4 kms,  3-2,5 hours approx from Karidi or Vrisidi with finishing near the village Adravasti.  There is not a footpath - difficult passage!

It is the most unknown gorge of Palekastro region.

Its exit is just 1 km north from Adravasti village or 3 kms away from Zakros.

There are two ways to cross it. The one is from Karidi village and the other one is from Vrisidi or Magassa settlement. The quickest way to reach Karydi village is a new asphalt road that starts from Adravasti village.

At the beginning the mountains create various basins, which slowly turn out to be a wonderful, but really rough gorge. There is not a path and you need to be very careful. At the same time you need to be in a very good physical condition to attempt it. You can pass it only by walking through the basin of the gorge.

Adravasti Gorge in Palekastro

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The exit of the gorge is near Adravasti village
The gorge is not very deep. Nervertheless it is offered for marvelous pictures in combination with the deep blue of the sky.
An oleander or "sfaka" in cretan dialect is trying to survive in the basin of the gorge
A marvelous formation under the winter sun
 
 
 
Though the gorge is completely unknown, you will meet impressive pictures when you get to know of it
The wild landscape is perfectly combined with the sun of the afternoon
At the beginning of the gorge you will see wide areas with odd sharp stones spangled around
At the background you can see the gorge, which is near Karydi area
 
 
 
From the top of a hill we can see the gorge to the east
The first houses you see at Magassa settlement
Different view of the gorge
 
 
 
There are wide, flat areas of wild beauty over the gorge, a feature of eastern Crete.
Looking at the exit of the gorge to the valley of Zakros
 
 
 
The village of Vrisidi on the way to our return
 
 
 
 

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