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Kourtaliotiko Gorge

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Address: Koxare to Asamotas Road, Plakias, Crete, Greece

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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Full-Day Crete Preveli Route from Rethymno
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What a lovely road trip down to Plakias going through the gorge. This is definately a "wow factor" the views inside the gorge are breathtaking.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2016
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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had to drive through this gorge every day to get to the beach and we never felt the urge to stop and look at the views. Yes it's quite dramatic and worth a small debtour if you are travelling by car, but I personally wouldn't go specially.

Thank Mick4444
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

What a lovely road trip down to Plakias going through the gorge. This is definately a "wow factor" the views inside the gorge are breathtaking.

Thank luluandharry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

To start off: don't go left at the first indication to the beach. Continue for some two more kilometers and drive to the large parking place, past the old monastery just before the new one. In may, the place was not too crowded. The track through the palm forrest (big word for a small forrest) bring you to some wonderful... More 

Thank Taco W
Eccles, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Incredible canyon on the road to Preveli. There are 2 routes down to the coast from the Rethymnon-Agia Galini road (to the West of Spili) . Be sure to take the more Eastern road, via Koxare. Wild and windswept, with birds of prey circling overhead! The signs about falling rocks may worry you slightly if you are in a hire... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Awesome road through the gorge :watching the vultures from the car park in the gorge a highlight of our visit

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely superb view, with a couple different places to park up for a few minutes to take photos. When standing at the top, you can hear the water down below. I We were both glad we stopped for a look around.

Thank Shannon S
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

The photo is not of Kourtaliotiko Gorge.. (Preveli ?) The gorge which you pass through on the way to Plakias is absolutely breathtakingly awesome. I frequently stop at a couple of laybys on my regular visits to absorb one this inspiring natural wonder.

Thank Mike B
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

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 

Thank Jackie Y
Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

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.

Thank Adriana P
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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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