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Kourtaliotiko Gorge

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Address: Koxare to Asamotas Road, Plakias, Crete, Greece
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A long and pleasant walk along the gorge through breathtaking scenery, past...

A long and pleasant walk along the gorge through breathtaking scenery, past waterfalls, fountains, deserted chapels and monasteries, to an authentic palm beach at Preveli. You can even catch a glimpse of a lammergeier if you are lucky. Watch out though for slips and trips - stout shoes essential.

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OK...it takes some getting used to !

When your first reaction is 'Oh my ^%$, how far down ?'you realise that you are travelling through something spectacular but, o get to Plakias, it is one of the only choices. That... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jackie Y
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When your first reaction is 'Oh my ^%$, how far down ?'you realise that you are travelling through something spectacular but, o get to Plakias, it is one of the only choices. That was my reaction in 1987 and I still think that every time I travel through this amazing geological gift. Stops are possible - don't miss the steps... More 

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Thank Jackie Y
Heraklion, Greece
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best gorges in Crete. Walking through the river is a unique experience and at the end you get to enjoy the great beach of Preveli.

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Thank Adriana P
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41 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Get out of your car. there are plenty of places to stop. If you can do it visit St Nicholas church deep in the valley

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Thank Hollands09
Greece
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Very nice location with the waterfalls feel fresh, you must walk down just a few stairs and you will see the south wild beauty !!!

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Thank Eleni G
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This is a spectacular gorge on the main highway towards Preveli beach which literally appears out of nowhere. I challenge you not to peel off to one of the stop-off points in the gorge to drink in the scenery.

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Thank Alfa F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

Place worth visiting. In my opinion this place is better than palm beach in Vai. Here You can take a walk through the palm forest.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This has to be up there with some of the most spectacular mountain scenery I have ever seen, the canyon is a mix of high crater volcanic rock, caverns and gorges hewn into the mountains over millions of years. It is a walkers photographers and naturalists paradise not for the faint hearted but not to be missed and I thought... More 

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Had a great hike from the ocean side up and it was amazing. The water is cold and crystal clear. Beautiful hike that I would recommend doing first thing in the morning before the boats arrive and the masses. Very peaceful and would go again.

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Damnoni, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you traveling by car near Rethymnon, this is a place where must go. But be ware of a possible strong wind in the gorge.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Beautiful and scary at the same time. I was constantly afraid one of the rocks would come down and hit us or our car. Spectacular views.

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