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Gorge of the Dead

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Address: Kato Zakros, Kato Zakros, Crete 723 00, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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not to be missed

leave you car and just walk. It's a 90 minute walk up from the beach and 60 minutes back and worth every minute

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael W
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254 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

leave you car and just walk. It's a 90 minute walk up from the beach and 60 minutes back and worth every minute

1 Thank Michael W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Drove to the beach and the taverna booked us a taxi to the start. Went from entrance B. The B route down to the gorge itself was beautiful and full of spring flowers and some amazing "stink Lily's " the striking purple flowers which Smell a bit like rotting flesh. Great views and you go down of the high up... More 

Thank welshinlondon
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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Reviewed November 19, 2016

Pleasant downhill gorge walk. Good to do it early morning as it will be hot at mid-day. Lovely scenery. Peaceful.

Thank Diane S
Bali, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2016

We decided to park at point "A" a little way outside the village and save ourselves the walk to the start of the gorge. A good move as I don't think you miss much! The gorge walk is pretty well posted and well worth doing and pretty easy taxing (unlike the frankly terrifying trek through the Mesonas gorge above Kavousi!).... More 

Thank ubudman
Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2016

We went as a day trip, from the bottom up and back out again, and it was really good fun. You can imagine hiding in those caves and how arduous it must've been to stash the dead bodies in any of them. There is good food and a nice beach as your reward at the end, and even in October... More 

1 Thank Trickygoose
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Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

we had higher excpectations. it was not very immpresive without water. nice view and nice walk but thats all.

Thank yotam r
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Reviewed September 21, 2016

Challenging but definitely worth it. We drove to the top and walked down the gorge and then back again. In total it took about 2 hours 45 mins, with a slightly faster pace going back up. We set off after watching the sunrise, as cooler and less people around. Mid day sun is too hot in summer. Make sure you... More 

1 Thank Jessiehunter
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

We started our walk early in the morning and it took about 4 hours in total. A lot of goats live in the gorge. Be aware of the meaning of "Castello" - there is only great view on the top - nothing else as we expected when were climbing the mountains.

Thank Ekaterina M
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Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

I walked with my kids (16, 16 and 10) and went up from Katos Zakros to Zakros. We did not make the loop trek (for this you need to turn when you reach the entry A, as shown on the map in Katos Zakros) as my kids were tired, mostly because of the heat. Indeed, the walk by itself is... More 

1 Thank Fabien C
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Reviewed August 3, 2016

This walk can be done by inexperienced trekkers and offers stunning views along the way. There are several entrances to the gorge, the easiest one is from the main road. It is good to take your time on the well signposted path to enjoy the natural scenery, the rock formations, the flowers and bushes as well as the goats scampering... More 

1 Thank Marjorie R

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