Gorges of Theriso
Gorges of Theriso
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Salwa M
7 contributions
Oct 2022 β€’ Solo
Nice place for a village day trip. You’ll see olives, orange, avocado farms. Lots of friendly sheep are here πŸ€πŸ–€πŸ€πŸ–€ you may need sunscreen, sunglasses and a light jacket.
Written November 11, 2022
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albertagreekgirl
Calgary, Canada118 contributions
Nov 2013 β€’ Family
This gorge was so beautiful and we are glad that Samaria was closed for the season or we might not have made the trip. My husband has very bad knees and can't walk, so this gorge was perfect for someone with limited mobility who still wants to see a gorge, and other beautiful scenery. Including the gorgeous goats of Crete. They really are stunningly beautiful animals and seeing them in great groups with all kinds of different sounding bells on their necks was a real highlight for us.

We did this trip in late November and the fall colors were stunning. It was about a 40 minute drive from Chania, and we went slow. First or second gear most of the way. There was no traffic to speak of so we could take our time, and take lots of pics. By 40 minutes I mean to the end of the gorge in Theriso, and the town of Theriso. In the town there was a couple of tavernas who were open and we could have eaten there.

We chose to keep driving and saw signs for Drakona, 8kms. Hmm, with a name like that we were intrigued. Drakos means dragon in Greek so we are interested to know how the town got it's name. 8km didn't sound far so we decided to keep going....

It was a crazy narrow, winding road all the way, and we never left first gear but we made it to Drakona and had lunch there at this amazing slow food place called 'Ntounias' where the food was cooking over wood in great clay pots by the front door. There is a trip advisor sticker on their door, and I will review this place in a separate review, but trust me it was worth the drive! .

Once we had lunch we decided to go back to Chania a different way, so we essentially did a circle. We were home by 5pm and we left at noon.

The scenery was stunning, the gorge was worth the trip and doing the circle to Drakona and back to Chania made the day perfect.
Written November 28, 2013
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John G
Ioannina, Greece348 contributions
Jul 2014 β€’ Couples
The Theriso Gorge is the laziest of them all, since there is a paved road running at the bottom, all the way from the Theriso village on top to Perivolia at the bottom. This is one of the most stunningly beautiful roads on Crete. with the rocks around you, the stream beside you and a picturesque village on each end.

We went there twice this summer. We packed our (foldable) bicycles on the bus at 2 p.m. and reached Theriso village after about 30 minutes. After a decent lunch in one of the five or six tavernas, we rolled down the gorge, where we met hundreds of goats, a few cars and a party of rock climbers, After about 45 minutes we had a drink in Perivolia, before we actually had to do some work before we arrived back in Chania.

There are only 2 buses three days a week, so if you don't have a bicycle, you need to get the morning bus up or use a rental car. You can take a normal bicycle on the bus, but that will cost you (not much, it's half the price of the passenger ticket). I also understand that the "Fun Train" sometimes visit Theriso.
Written September 22, 2014
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Lorri855
Halifax, UK215 contributions
Jun 2014 β€’ Couples
I loved the sheer majesty of this place. The scenery is breathtaking with the sheer granite walls towering above. The road is narrow and winding with a new surprise around every turn. Beware of the tight bends and oncoming traffic and be prepared to do plenty of reversing into passing places especially at peak times in the summer months
Written June 18, 2014
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Mark & Val Williams
Chania Town, Greece36 contributions
Jan 2018
Val and I are permanent residents here all year round, me some 12 years, Val 5, both of us previously widowed and now married. You may be here in the tourist season. In the winter try a metre of snow ! The tourist `trains` visit every day. Alternatively a hire car gives enormity of flexibility. All the tavernas serve traditional Cretan fare. If you`re looking for 5* fine dining try Paris ! Val and I help out at the Kafenion `Aetofolio` (Eagles nest) owned by our friend Xapis (Harris). Whilst Val is a former photographic model she was also `Silver Service` trained by the Royal Air Force so with an influx of guests he`s grateful for our help. This venue is ideal for snacks/drinks etc. More substantial fare is available from the tavernas adjoining the village square. If a train passenger, you are restricted to a 45 minute stop before returning down the gorge. With a hire car you can continue `over the top` to the next valley. Either the Zourva/Meskla route (right turn at the T-Junction) or Drakona (Left turn but mind the tree in the middle of the road !). Both offer stunning scenery with ample stopping places for photos. Mind the sheep/goats and rock debris. Tv chef James Martin filmed in Drakona with our friend Stelios who runs a traditional, rustic and organic taverna. The programme is available on YouTube, well worth a visit. If heading to Zourva pass all the way through the village. After a couple of bends is the Taverna Rizinia run by Maria. Set on a promontary the views are superb. Maria is Cretan, no English but good German ! Closed Mondays. As with Stelios you`ll get dragged into the kitchen to see what`s in the pots. Again, well worth a visit. We hope the above is helpful.
Good luck to all and hope to see you in Therisso.
Mark & Val
Written January 10, 2018
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Alice440
Devonport, UK6 contributions
Apr 2014 β€’ Couples
Breathtaking scenery , mountains and goats , orange groves and olive trees for miles , winding roads that lead you up to the most awesome views , one not to be missed !
Written May 9, 2014
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ChristerTravel
Bergen, Norway91 contributions
Aug 2013 β€’ Family
The Gorge of Theriso (named also Eleftherios Venizelos) is located near the city of Chania. The gorge (ravine) is paved, so you can go there by car, scooter, motorcycle, train ("road-train" for tourists, on wheels), and even bicycle, if you're up for some excercise. ;-)

The main gorge is six kilometers long. The vertical cliffs are impressive and the lush vegetation has nothing to envy of the other Chania Gorges. The place deserves a visit, even with a vehicle, cobined with a visit in the historical beautiful village of Therissos, that is built at the foot of the White Mountains at an altitude of 580 meters, just 15 kilometers from the city of Chania.

We rented a car and drove from the main road between Chania and Rethymnon, up the mountain, inside the Theriso Gorge. At the top, we continued passing through small mountain towns, stopping for lunch and enjoying the view.

If you're used to tall mountains and huge, abrupt ravines (at least we Norwegians are), this might not be as fantastic a sight as the brochures and tourist handbooks make it out to be. However; if you're NOT used to driving on small roads with big cliffs on either side, and want to enjoy a exciting drive and a nice view (at the top), this is for you!
Written September 1, 2013
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human_condition
Aylesbury, UK15 contributions
Jul 2013 β€’ Couples
This was a really nice drive, we had to go through the gorge a few times and it was very pretty. We stopped there to read our books before the trip home which made a nice peaceful afternoon. It only takes 10-15 minutes to drive through.
Written July 8, 2013
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Pastis15
Wirral16 contributions
Jun 2013 β€’ Couples
This is a lovely winding gorge, quite narrow, quite long, plenty of stopping places, beautiful leafy trees and flowering shrubs. I kept saying "wow" , then when you come into Therriso there is a little train for tourists to go along the gorge in., if they had arrived of the other direction. We stopped briefly, heard a bell, and there wandering along in the shade of trees was a lone, brown goat.
Written June 11, 2013
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Zia N
Birmingham, UK142 contributions
Aug 2019 β€’ Family
Most of the walks and gorges in crete are too long or difficult to do in summer.
This suggestion is a solution!
From the chania area take the road to meskla (there's a short walk to gorge sarakina meskla there but in 2019 it was closed). Then drive on to zourva with the views getting more impressive.
Have a late lunch in one of the tavernas there eg rizinia taverna or emilias taverna both with great views.
After lunch drive a couple of minutes to the east end of zourva where there is a layby to park your car. From there about 20yards further on there is an obvious path forking off to the right uphill. This path goes steadily uphill clearly marked. After about 30min climbing you reach a lovely rocky outcrop with great views. Then retrace your steps to the car.
Drive on to Theriso with new more dramatic views. After theriso you then have the bonus finish of driving through theriso gorge which gives a good variety to the drive. Total loop only 90min + a break for lunch and the walk .
Written August 31, 2019
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