Chochlakies Gorge

Chochlakies Gorge, Sitia: Address, Chochlakies Gorge Reviews: 4.5/5

Chochlakies Gorge
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Canyon Chochlakies is small and easily passable in all conditions and seasons.The gorge starts from Chochlakies village and ends at lovely deserted beach Karoumes. Overall length is 1.5 km. It's green rocky landscape with a brook to accompany you throughout the route.
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2-3 hours
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shannon_nicola
Bracknell, UK2 contributions
Couples
Walked the gorge yesterday and was surprised by the terrain as others had stated it was an easy walk. I would strongly recommend that if you are planning to walk this gorge, you ensure you take suitable walking shoes, and be prepared for a bit of scrambling up rocks. I wouldn't class it as a difficult walk by any means, but don't expect a short stroll to the beach!

The beach itself is paradise, lovely blue water in a peaceful sheltered bay. We spent much of our time there completely alone.We had planned to travel along the cliff to the cave, but to be honest the minute we saw that beach, we realised we were set for the day!

The walk each way took us about 1hr 20mins, although I'll admit that while an experienced walker, I'm not a very fast one!

If you want an easier gorge walk then I'd recommend doing the gorge of the dead instead (Zakros) either park at parking spot A for a slightly more challenging experience, or B for an easy stroll, but don't expect a beach anywhere near as nice at the end!
Written October 14, 2018
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Seniorbird
Bristol, UK151 contributions
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Contrary to the information in the walking guides, this wasn't an easy or short walk! We took 2+ hours down to the beach and 1+ hours back up to the car. The start of the walk is deceptive too. If you park at the cemetery, having negotiated the very narrow bends in the village of Chochlakies, the walk starts as you take the gravel path next to the wooden arbour thing with the map. After a few metres there's a red arrow to the right. Don't take this turn into the olive grove. Carry on straight down the path and cross the concrete ford over the river - if it's still in water. Carry on wiggling through the olive grove, following the river bed on your right, until you come to a gate and a sign saying Chochlakies Gorge. Now follow the red waymarkers which are very clear all the way along the gorge. they've usually painted dots on boulders, so you have to look out for them sometimes.
Most of the path follows the river bed and as such, isn't a path at all, just the river bed. We were lucky/unlucky in that the water was still in the river bed when we walked there in May this year. apparently quite unusual. Although wading through water is very refreshing in the heat, it was sometimes thigh high so very slow going. Also there's much clambouring over boulders and walking through spiky undergrowth. Long trousers and boots may be better if walking in June or July. The beach at the end of the walk has no facilities at all so take food and plenty of water. Well worth the adventure however.
Written May 26, 2019
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billsview2016
Liverpool, UK12 contributions
Couples
This is a relatively easy gorge walk with a well identified path mostly over rocks. At the end is a fabulous beach (Karoumes) , mostly pebbles ,
The water is crystal clear and very inviting after the walk. When facing the sea and looking left there are a number of acacia trees under which are chairs and tables. Ideal for shade and a picnic
Written September 8, 2021
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razza71
Auckland Central, New Zealand30 contributions
Couples
Not a strenuous hike but does require agility and balance for boulder hopping down riverbed. Decent hiking shoes a must. Took 1.5hrs to beach and 1hr back but took loads of photos on way. Beach at end is just beautiful.
Written September 12, 2019
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RachelMT86
Perth, Australia29 contributions
An relatively easy walk. The path markers are a bit hard to see at times. Great beach at the end for a swim and picnic lunch.
Written June 10, 2019
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Corné d
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Couples
Parts of the walk are quite difficult. You should wear proper shoes and bring enough water. Beautiful views and nice beach are the rewards!
Written May 28, 2019
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Mausie
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK402 contributions
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Like a lot of gorges in Crete, there is a fair amount of undulating terrain with this walk and the road t9 the parking area at the start is very narrow. However, Karounes beach at the end of the gorge can only be reached via the gorge or by boat so it is usually deserted and very lovely
Written September 24, 2018
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