Rouvas Gorge (Agiou Nikolaou)

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Rouvas Gorge (Agiou Nikolaou)

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manolis s
Zaros, Greece81 contributions
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The route that connects with the European hiking path E4, is relatively easy to walk through
and is undoubtedly ideal for you if you wish to feel closer to nature, walk under plane trees and experience nature’s
beauty. Starting from Eleonas Hotel and follwing the path you will be leaded to the Monastery of Agios Nicholaos on your way through at approximately 500 meters.
At a 2 km distance you will find the gorge which leads to the amazing holly forest of Rouvas. There you will find the church of Agios Ioannis and the holly forest of Rouvas one of the few in Greece.
Beneath the hollies you will find the perfect place to enjoy your snack and relax during your way back where you can sit by the amazing wooden tables and drink your water.
Rouvas holly forest and gorge near the Zaros village, a place known for its natural beauty and the amazing lake Votomos, is welcoming visitors from all over the world.
The forest of Rouvas located on a plateau on the south of the Psiloritis massif is of high ecological importance since it is one of the few natural ecosystems in the area with tremendous ecological value.
The Rouvas Holly forest with the largest tuft of hollies in Europe as well as various orchids species and every kind of trees and huge pine trees create an unbelievably beautiful scenery.
Spring is an ideal time to walk through the gorge. The canyon is open throughout the year and especially during winter months during the rainy season the water level is relatively high which in the case of rain, that makes it difficult to access it.
Α round trip from the lake to the forest of Rouvas is 9 km and will take about 3-4 hours to be completed. But it is so worth it trying and seeing it!
The altitude at the starting point is about 420 and in the end the forest of Rouvas is 1100m.
You will be needing excellent hiking shoes or snickers.
Start point : Eleonas hotel
Total Length : 9 km
Total duration : 4 hours
Route Difficulty : 4/5
Ask for free map and information from the Eleonas Hotel .
Written April 13, 2016
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RDWilde
Turnhout, Belgium222 contributions
We did several gorges in Crete - this one was undoubtedly the lost challenging one. It was mid-morning 25-30 °C, some light to strong winds on the path. A landslide had cut some parts of the normal walking road but the getting around path was well signposted - as was the whole path to the gorge. We tried to make a circle but found after 2.5 hours the whole exercise too challenging so went back the way we came. On the walkway, especially in the higher parts of the gorge, there are very nice views. The church is nice to see but we could not find the entrance, unless we would go over a very shaky bridge.

If you do this walk, do not go on very hot days, take water, have excellent shoes, and enjoy the taverna at the lake after finished.
Written September 16, 2019
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384marketam
Zaros, Greece3 contributions
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I have walked Rouvas Gorge on three occasions. Once when it started to rain we had to return because rocks were falling on us from high above and twice in hot dry conditions. It is a fairly challenging walk and not really suitable for children. One needs the appropriate footwear and water. Commencing from lake Votomos I believe the round trip is approx 9 kilometers. I like the hike there is an interesting mix of terrain, fauna and flora but one needs to be fairly fit to do it. One can however try doing only part of it as on route there are a couple of rest stops. The trail is well marked with red markers and signs.
Written January 7, 2018
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David G
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I had a really great hike up this gorge. Stick with it if you lose the track (it happened to me a few times). The total climb is around 530m and distance around 6km from the start to the top (so 12km in total for the round trip). Hiking at a relaxed pace it was around 4 1/2 hours to get up and back. There are some bits that you need to clamber over, so I wouldn't recommended it with young children.
Written September 17, 2021
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Alexander G
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A beautiful gorge which starts very close to Eleonas holiday cottages. I raced up and down in 2 hours but I would recommend taking longer to enjoy the views!
Written October 18, 2019
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ARichard581
Hurstpierpoint, UK18 contributions
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The first half of the walk is not too arduous, the views are nice and there are many different plants and flowers to see. Lots of goats too. From the waterfall (a trickle when we went), it is a steep climb and the path ran a little too close to the cliff edge for our liking, so we walked back the way we had come. It was a very hot day and we enjoyed a stop at a spring with a trough for the goats. There are many different types of sages and thymes on this walk and the scent was wonderful.
Written May 29, 2017
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Colin_and_Jay
Surrey21 contributions
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Nice walk and a good length. You really do need good boots as reviews suggest. Rocks are large and sharp. Saw several people starting out in flip flops..... bonkers! Problem is that the path becomes very narrow with big drops near the top and gravel makes the path slippery. Since vertigo makes me want to throw myself into the abyss, I decided it might be better to turn back before getting to the top. Good activity when the weather is overcast as it keeps the temperature down. Would have been nicer if some families had stopped their children from screaming and shouting (the gorge echos) so other people could enjoy the natural environment.
Written October 20, 2016
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eamhair
Edinburgh, UK61 contributions
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A wonderful walk up a spectacular gorge to a beautiful forest and magical chapel site amongst the highest mountains. Some very steep and scary sections across steep slopes / rockfalls. Don't underestimate the difficulty and length of this walk though- start early in the cool of the morning.
Treat yourself to staying at nearby hotel
Written October 17, 2018
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georgeandstella
London, UK38 contributions
Armed with plenty of water (I froze some water bottles last night, yummy cold water in this heat) and salty peanuts, what a glorious day for a hike. There was enough shade and a welcome breeze that kept us fairly cool. The walk was not too steep- in some places we scrambled over large boulders. The trail is very well marked with red painted dots and arrows, keeping us on the path. Several places had wooden bannisters and wooden bridges. Even an attractive bench under a tree along the way. We met the nicest people. A lovely Greek couple shared their delicious olives and cheese with us. So sweet! And the smell of wild herbs was so pleasant throughout the walk. Excellent day out.
Written July 21, 2018
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Johnsotr
Sewickley, PA355 contributions
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Three of us hiked the gorge last Friday on a perfectly beautiful day. Spring wildflowers are in full bloom; even the wild Cala lillies are still in full bloom at higher elevations.
The holly forest and Oleander trees are worth the walk by themselves. Be sure to allow enough time so you don't have to rush. For the first 2 km or so, there is a gurgling brook which you will easily cross several times. Then it disappears into the ground emerging at the bottom into Varos Lake. A chapel and Russian Orthodox Church provide signs of civilization along the way. Spring is the perfect time to take this hike/walk!
Written April 24, 2017
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