Imbros Gorge
Imbros Gorge
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This 7-mile-long gorge once served as a route for allied soldiers to escape to Egypt during the Second World War. Today, Imbros Gorge is a popular and accessible hike, offering a low-difficulty alternative to the nearby Samaria Gorge. For a small entrance fee, you can journey the rocky, gently downward-sloping path, with the narrowest part of the gorge just over 6 feet wide. The hike can be completed in two to three hours, and you can catch a bus or taxi when you reach the end. It’s advisable to start your trek early morning before it gets oppressively hot. – Tripadvisor
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  • Vicky596
    Bonn, Germany85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice gorge, not so many people
    Very easy walk along this small gorge. The difficulty has nothing to do with the Samaria Gorge, so if you are a beginner and want to try this, don't be afraid! There are way less people, and no water points. I recommend hiking shoes and if you have the trekking sticks they could be useful (but they were not necessary). The path few kilometers and we needed 1:50 hours, instead of the 2-3 which are recommended. At some point the gorge is so strict that you can touch both sides with your hands! I really recommend it. You can take the bus to Imbros starting from Chora Sfakion, and then another bus at the end in Komitades back to Chora Sfakion (or Frangokastelo, if you are staying there).
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Jerzy D
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Imbros Gorge walk
    We decided to walk the Imbros Gorge instead of the larger Samaria Gorge as we heard it was less busy. It was a good decision as the length of the walk was approximately 2 hours and this was about right for the heat - all downhill if you start at the top. Beautiful scenery , a warm welcome from the owner of the cafe nearest the entrance where you pay and an exhilarating, if slightly anxious ride in the back of a pickup truck to get us back to the car at the end.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • FB_
    Crete, Greece3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike
    We started at 8am parked by Porofarago restaurant as it is closer to entry and easier to manage for families with children. Our boys had a best time. Do get there early to start before the heat. Lots of local family tavernas for very nice food and decent prices. People , both locals and other hikers would greet you along the way with cheer and smile. Entrance fee and taxi at the end to take you back to your parking for a small fee €5 for our family. Will be back again.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 8, 2023
  • AaronH1991
    Kinrooi, Belgium55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a beautiful piece of Nature!
    Beautiful!!! We hiked this gorge completely from the top to the bottom and the formations of rocks and sights kept us saying 'wow' every minute. There is a beautiful formation of a halo-shaped rock at the end on the right side whom makes it more than worth to hike the entire 8km. ' Make sure to wear hiking boots as the paths are rough and I would not recommend the hike if you're afraid of goats because they are on the path sometimes or even in the trees. Never seen anything like that. Funny to see.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • TheFarkman
    Vancouver, Canada241 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gorge hike with some great scenery
    The Imbros Gorge is a cool hike. I would recommend parking near the Porofarago Restaurant and starting from there. We found a parking spot on a small road about a km before that by turning left in the village at the sign for the gorge. The path starts right where we parked. There is a $2.50 Euro charge to walk the gorge. We left around 10am and came across 3 busloads of hikers, mostly older, slower people. If you left earlier you might avoid them. We had to work to get around them as the path is fairly narrow. Some of the parts of the Gorge are quite stunning. There is a place to purchase water, coke, etc. about half way down. We walked down and back up in about 3 hours, including stopping to take pictures. Wear good hiking shoes or boots and there is lot of loose rocks and pebbles. After we drove to the Porofarago and had a beer and a bit to eat. Try their local sausages, very tasty. The Greek Salad was good as well.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Jose R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning scenery
    Beautiful walk. Took us 3 hours to get to the taxi part at the end. The beach was a further 7km. Take a few euros for a cool drink from the well half way down but pack plenty of snacks. Walking boots not essential - I wore good trainers.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Fergs85
    Thornton-Le-Dale, United Kingdom1,036 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to do as long as you can drive to Imbros village
    We settled on this rather than the more famous and longer Samaria Gorge, partly because of easier access by car, with an easy return by minibus back to the village, where it’s easy to park. Imbros village has a number of cafes and eating places. You can do the 10 km walk pretty comfortably in a few hours, with time for the beach later in the afternoon. PS On the way back you can stop off at the World War II museum at Askifou
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 31, 2023
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sean o
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
The walk itself is c 2.5 hrs and we did it with an 11, 8 and 7 year old. It’s small rocks/scree the entire way and trainers are required at a minimum. It’s a pleasant enough walk but beware the dodgy tavern at the bottom.

We stopped at the bottom for a drink and we’re told it was 5eur for the bus or 7 for the taxi. Despite arriving there first they bundled another group on to the taxi before us, so we paid 5 eur for the bus to the very charming girl at the tavern, then we’re told for an extra 10 eur we could get the next taxi which would arrive in 5 minutes.

Then the bus arrives and we are told actually we can get the bus all along - once we asked for the 10 eur back the driver and the tavern woman suddenly forget how to speak English and get very aggressive. A German couple on the bus with us got the same treatment.

After threatening to not take us back up they reluctantly gave everyone back the money they had overcharged - but I’m assuming this is a regular scam they run….
Written August 29, 2022
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Ninasunlover
London, UK543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
We booked the trip through top travel (30E/person) and were taken to the entrance of the gorge(2.50E/person) starting at the top and walking down. We are 3 fit adults ages (32, 72, 73) with some ailments and the walk took us just under 3 hours. Take proper walking shoes and sticks would also be useful. I would not call it an easy walk...you are walking on rocks and large stones for the entire time and have to watch your footing and navigate your way down, there are some sections where you can find an easier path through. We kept a steady pace and stopped for photos and a couple of minutes rest. The scenery was amazing, the gorge incredible and we even saw some kri kri up close. Take the time to look behind you and enjoy the colours and height of the gorge.
Some people were running down, rushing through...I suspect they didn't see much and could have easily had an accident.

Overall it was definitely worth the effort! Our trip finished with a couple of hours at chora skafion before we made the return journey...and going back up in the coach was breathtaking.
Written October 5, 2022
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AaronH1991
Kinrooi, Belgium55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Beautiful!!!
We hiked this gorge completely from the top to the bottom and the formations of rocks and sights kept us saying 'wow' every minute. There is a beautiful formation of a halo-shaped rock at the end on the right side whom makes it more than worth to hike the entire 8km. '

Make sure to wear hiking boots as the paths are rough and I would not recommend the hike if you're afraid of goats because they are on the path sometimes or even in the trees. Never seen anything like that. Funny to see.
Written September 13, 2023
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hsstjra73
Wilsden, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We have stayed in the charming sleepy village of Imbros for the last two summers. The locals are extremely friendly and welcoming. "Giannis", owner of the Imbros Village Taverna is a local sheep farmer and the lamb he serves has been reared on the picturesque slopes of the surrounding mountains - it is truly excellent! Don't pay the extortionate prices for the same meat in Chania, eat here, at the source, where he also brews the smoothest Raki on the island. The gorge is a lovely walk, but I can't emphasise enough, take your time and stop for a drink and a bite to eat at Imbros village. It truly is one of Crete's hidden gems, a place where time stands still.
Written August 28, 2020
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Vicky596
Bonn, Germany85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Very easy walk along this small gorge. The difficulty has nothing to do with the Samaria Gorge, so if you are a beginner and want to try this, don't be afraid! There are way less people, and no water points. I recommend hiking shoes and if you have the trekking sticks they could be useful (but they were not necessary). The path few kilometers and we needed 1:50 hours, instead of the 2-3 which are recommended. At some point the gorge is so strict that you can touch both sides with your hands! I really recommend it. You can take the bus to Imbros starting from Chora Sfakion, and then another bus at the end in Komitades back to Chora Sfakion (or Frangokastelo, if you are staying there).
Written July 23, 2023
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Spiderdog
Cheshire, UK7,736 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The Imbros Gorge walk was on our itinerary when we were touring around Crete.
After some research we decided to start at the top and walk about three quarters of the route and then turn around and walk back up again.
This meant that we could leave the car at the start and avoid having to wait for a taxi at the end of the walk.
It's not a difficult walk. In fact the hardest part was walking downhill at the start to reach the toll booth. I saw a women fall here and she didn't actually start the walk!
Otherwise it's a very pleasant walk with some great scenery.
At one point it's so narrow that my husband could touch both sides with his arms out stretched ( a good picture opportunity!)
Best to start early morning when it's not too hot. By the time we were walking back uphill it was pretty quiet.
Written November 24, 2022
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Narmeen M
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The hike itself was nice, took about 2.5 hrs with a 5 & 10 year old. The whole path is rocky which made it difficult for kids. So I wouldn’t recommend for young kids.
The downfall was the end of the hike, it turned dodgy and unsettling. When you get to the end, a 13 yr old girl stops you to tell you that you either walk all the way back or get a bus, 5 euro each. So we said bus along with others waiting. There were 3 guys who only speak in greek were with her.
They got some of us to climb to back of a ute. He drove for 5 mins then got us to climb down and go to a parked van. They drove us back to the stop. They loaded everyone in van, ute and a car, then drove us 20 mins to our cars. This all happening while they scream in greek to each other and us tourists had no idea what was happening.
Honestly it was shocking that this happened we felt uneasy and as if we were in some trap. People have to be informed of this before doing the hike! I dont understand how forums dont tell you this!
Written August 3, 2023
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Bandit-Trip
200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
It is best to start the hike through Imbros Gorge at the northern entrance. If you come with your own car from the north, you can drive past the first restaurants with parking lots and "Imbros-Entrance" signs and park about 1Km further down the road at the restaurant Porofarago. From here you‘ll start your hike directly at the ticket booth if the gorge.
The path is not particularly difficult, but due to the uneven ground and boulders, sturdy shoes are required.
At the narrowest point between the steep walls, the gorge is only a good 2m wide, which looks quite spectacular.
The entire path to the lower exit is about 7.5km long. From here you can take a cab back (pre-order). Since the terrain doesn't change much during the last 2km, we turned around after 5.5km and walked back uphill through the gorge. In this direction, many things look different, so that both ways are worthwhile.
We were there in mid-May and it was not too crowded.
Written May 18, 2022
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Jon T
London, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Really fun walk through this gorge that is fairly simple. We parked at the top of the Gorge and followed the path to the start of the walk. The walk took us just under 2 hours and requires at least trainers as you walk on stones all the way down.

When you finish there is a shack and an owner offering taxi rides back to the top and the car....we walked a little further to finish the hike and then had a cold drink in the taverna overlooking the bay ( I’d def recommend doing this as it feels like you finish the walk properly and also get great views over the bay). The taverna owner then gave us a ride back up to the car. We rode in the back of a pick up and this just added to the experience of the day.
Written August 8, 2020
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Guy T
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
A nice short trek for someone who wants to do aomething else than pool and beach. We (young fit couple) took our time and made a few stops on the way, took us 3 hours. Its a nice trail, nothing too special. Not technical at all.
BUT! 2 warnings. The people in this area are the first Cretes we met that are truly tourist annoying. In the village you will see many signs "entrance to gorge" right next to a tavern. Do not stop, its a tourist trap. The real entrance is 1 km out of the village!

The second point is at the end, just get on the first taxi option available, they asked for 4 euros for a trip back up. We continued to the road and there they requested 15 euro for the both of us for the "taxi" uphill back to imbros.

So all in all, a nice trail, but the people there suck...
Written September 22, 2021
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