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Les Gorges d'Aradena

Address: Gorge d'Aradena | Aradena, Sfakia, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Sfakia
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We were based in Loutro and had done Samaria gorges and Irini gorges in the previous days from Sougia. We were a bit sore but heard this was a nice one as well, so we did not want to miss out. We ended up taking the ferry to Sfakia and a taxi up to Aradena. A bit more expensive but... More 

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Oksboel, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We took in car the road from Chora Sfakia uphill the naked mountain with a fantastic view, and then through Anopoli to Aradena, where a fairly new bridge is made across the gorge to a little church, few houses and many ruins in the old village Aradena. You can take a difficult path to the bottom of of the gorge.... More 

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Aalborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Lack of research, bad maps and bad tips from the locals lead me up the E4 path from Loutro (when we finally found out it was kind of too late to turn around), not the gorge - fine walk, but after going to the gorge afterwards to see it from the bridge I felt really bad that I didn't have... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Aradena gorge is a must! I had first thought that we would do the Samaria Gorge but when travelling to Crete I had the thought - let's ask the locals, they might say Yes the Samaria is the longest but the XXXXXX Gorge is better!!! ....Well the XXXXX Garge is the Aradena!!! Beautiful as you go down and not... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Aradena Gorge is a spectacular gorge that combines the beauty and the calmness. The only problem is to find a way to get there all other are just perfect ! Its about 3 hour walk with some stops and leads directly to Marmara beach. There you can enjoy a nice swim at the crystal blue waters of Marmara beach and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Brilliant alternative to busy Samaria (we did this the following day). Parked in Hora Sfakion 0700 Hours and tried to find a taxi to take us to Aradena - no luck. Too early for Greek taxi drivers! Undeterred we caught a water taxi to Marmara beach for €30 and started at the bottom of the gorge instead. A great gentle... More 

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Burnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Fantastic day walking the Aradena gorge, despite the logistic challenges.Parked in Hora Sfakion and got a taxi (27 euros) to Aradena to start the walk. Very different to Imbros in that there was a lot more clambouring of rocks etc, however great fun and not too challenging. Beautiful location and setting, even more so given that there weren't hordes of... More 

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Chania, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Aradena gorge is spectacular, far less people walking it than the Samaria gorge, it's a bit tricky at the beginning or at the end of the summer, especially after rain there are often rocks falling.. so be careful! A stunning gorge with amazing cliff and some 'sporty' parts (sliding down rocks etc). Marmara (or Dialiskari) beach at the mouth of... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We went in September 2012. After walking the Samaria gorge this one was much quieter, and exciting navigating the big boulder field. Try also the Imbros gorge to the East. You may need a car, use public transport or an excursion unless happy to walk a bit.

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We rate this better than Samaria. It is far more adventurous and has lots more scrambling and climbing. The cove at the end is beautiful and the Taverna excellent. You can wait for the ferry or take an exciting trip in a water taxi. Not expensive if you are in a group.

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