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Kourtaliotiko Gorge

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“preveli beach”(11 reviews)
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...more
Koxare to Asamotas Road, Plakias, Crete 740 60, Greece
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were on our way to Plakias when we drove through the gorge. All I can say is wow it was beautiful. We stopped for photos but couldn’t do any trekking as we had a small toddler with us. Worth seeing!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SassySue
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend hiking down the stairs. We saw goats and a church as well. Keep going until you reach the water it’s worth it.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

Exceptionally windy, not an easy drive in the gusting wind, but spectacular scenery and a sense of adventure all rolled into one.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank graham t
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Kourtaliotiko Gorge the first time we came across it years ago on your first visit to Plakias simply blew us away i remember saying blimey this is a top location and how the heck did they put a road through here !. I had talked...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

Not as busy as some gorges and prettier. Some wild campers and a hippie commune. Expect nudity. 👍😁

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rigasrigler
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

A nice walk down to the little church and waterfall. If you are not fit don’t go down it could be a hell of a walk!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Great experience to drive from south coast to north (or vice versa) trought out this beautifull gorge- refresing wind, oleanders on mountin slopes and beautifull little church by the good road. Always a pleasure to pass

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jasmina J
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Driving from Rethymnon to the south coast this gorge was an amazing sight. Everyone needs to park up and take in the views- amazing!!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 17, 2018

Kourtaliotis Gorge is worth a few stops if you happen to drive along. Impressive views all around. From one of the road viewpoints, 250 steps go down to the small church inside the gorge and to the waterfall.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

We passed through on route to the beach on the south coast and simply had to stop. You cannot just drive through. It is quite stunning and the scale breathtaking. Worth a trip to this part of Crete and a short top off.

Date of experience: June 2018
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brent k
Kansas City, Missouri
Kourtaliotiko Gorge or Preveli Gorge? (3 Replies)
seeing this gorge refered to as both, I'm guessing not, there is only Kourtaliotiko Gorge on TripAdvisor, but I don't see much information on where it starts, where to park, how to get there, does it in fact end at the Preveli Beach or somewhere else. Really wanting to do this beach and the hike down sounds fun. Also I did see somewhere a car will take you back up, what's the information on that. Thanks for your help with this in advance.
April 10, 2016|
Response fromArnaki_13|
Anso Travel in Plakias run trips from Plakias, with a bus to the entrance, walking down part of the gorge (part of the walk is in the river), down to Preveli beach (8km walk). The return is by boat from Preveli beach to Plakias. There is a parking area at the start of the route, with a bit of a wall and an archway. If you are staying in Plakias you could get a taxi there (or time it right for the Rethymno bus perhaps). Otherwise you will have to get up from Plakias by taxi or bus to pick...More
Itinerary suggestions and help 3 weeks in Crete and Beyond (0 Replies)
Hi TAs my partner and I are planning to be in Greece for September 18 and would like a hand planning our trip pls. A bit about us, we are well travelled and like to enjoy culture, food, music, meeting people, seeing history and nature. We are not lavish and enjoy good quality simple food and accommodation. We like to visit nice beaches but not to stay on them for a long time. We like driving scenic routes and stopping along the way for interesting side visits. Our fitness is OK. The Trip...More
May 26, 2018|
Kourtaliotiko Gorge (3 Replies)
Hello, Is anyone familiar with the walk down the Kourtaliotiko Gorge? I couldn't find much info online. Was wondering mainly how long it takes to walk it and what's the best way to organise the trip if we're driving there (where to start, etc...)? btw, does Kourtaliotiko and Kourtaliotis refer to the same gorge? Thanks in advance!
June 10, 2013|
Response fromZadson|
Thanks Anna!