The Gorge of Aradena
The Gorge of Aradena
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  • Rainb0w17
    Llangollen, United Kingdom94 contributions
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    Loop from Loutro via Anapolis - excellent walk
    I started my walk in Loutro at dawn 6am and went up the path to Anapolis to a kind the heat of the day. The ascent is moderate and straightforward on well marked paths with stunning scenery. 1.5 hours to the Church on the ridge and 2 hours to Anapolis where I stopped for breakfast before pushing on to Aradena where I arrived approx 9:40 and commenced the descent to Mamara Beach where I arrived 2.5 hours later just in time for lunch. The Gorge is simply stunning and I only saw 5 other people during my descent. The ladders are tin hood condition and secure . Whilst I could have walked back to Loutro I chose coupe of bets, a long lunch and a swim in Mamara before taking the boat back to Loutro . An excellent trip. Good trail shoes are all you need at most , take plenty of water as there is none available in the Gorge. Start early and avoid the heat of the afternoon if you can. I see people say its for young people but I am 62 and managed fine !
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Russell L
    16 contributions
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    ARDENA GORGE FROM livaniana
    Joined the gorge near Livaniana after walking from Louto. The walk up the mountainside to Livaniana was fabulous but hard work. There was a great walk following blue dots down into the gorge and then the pleasant and fairly straight forward walk back to marmaris through the gorge. Gorge walk fairly easy, but did slip once on one of the steeper descents. Well worth going and was surprised didnt see anybody at all. And there is a good tavern in livanania that doesnt take cash but gave me a free fanta. 😀
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Virginia R
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic but have your wits about you!
    Loved this walk. Previously have done Imbros and Irini which were good prep for this one. Seems this walk is less well maintained as very rough in some places and markings a bit erratic. Free entry and no attendant so you are on your own. Walked down from Aradena village and encountered only about 4 others going down plus a couple of large groups going up. End point of the beach was fantastic. The clearest water for a welcome dip. And a lovely taverna for lunch. We then walked to Loutro (previous experience of walking to Loutro from Chora Sfakion was also good prep as some clambering over rocks required). We then got the small ferry from Loutro to Chora Sfakion. We had parked in Chora Sfakion. The bus was not running due to change of timetable mid Oct. Helpful car park attendant phoned us a taxi. 35 euros to Aradena. Really fantastic experience with our 17 year old son. Having done other gorges with our kids when they were younger I wouldn't want to do this one with younger than teens. We did the stepped path rather than the ladders. Handrail very rickety and path not that well maintained. Husband and son then climbed up the ladders and said they were pretty secure. Also wouldn't want to do the walk if ground wet as the marble would be really slippery.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 22, 2023
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Rainb0w17
Llangollen, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I started my walk in Loutro at dawn 6am and went up the path to Anapolis to a kind the heat of the day. The ascent is moderate and straightforward on well marked paths with stunning scenery. 1.5 hours to the Church on the ridge and 2 hours to Anapolis where I stopped for breakfast before pushing on to Aradena where I arrived approx 9:40 and commenced the descent to Mamara Beach where I arrived 2.5 hours later just in time for lunch. The Gorge is simply stunning and I only saw 5 other people during my descent. The ladders are tin hood condition and secure . Whilst I could have walked back to Loutro I chose coupe of bets, a long lunch and a swim in Mamara before taking the boat back to Loutro . An excellent trip. Good trail shoes are all you need at most , take plenty of water as there is none available in the Gorge. Start early and avoid the heat of the afternoon if you can. I see people say its for young people but I am 62 and managed fine !
Written June 23, 2023
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Virginia R
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Loved this walk. Previously have done Imbros and Irini which were good prep for this one. Seems this walk is less well maintained as very rough in some places and markings a bit erratic. Free entry and no attendant so you are on your own. Walked down from Aradena village and encountered only about 4 others going down plus a couple of large groups going up. End point of the beach was fantastic. The clearest water for a welcome dip. And a lovely taverna for lunch. We then walked to Loutro (previous experience of walking to Loutro from Chora Sfakion was also good prep as some clambering over rocks required). We then got the small ferry from Loutro to Chora Sfakion. We had parked in Chora Sfakion. The bus was not running due to change of timetable mid Oct. Helpful car park attendant phoned us a taxi. 35 euros to Aradena. Really fantastic experience with our 17 year old son. Having done other gorges with our kids when they were younger I wouldn't want to do this one with younger than teens. We did the stepped path rather than the ladders. Handrail very rickety and path not that well maintained. Husband and son then climbed up the ladders and said they were pretty secure. Also wouldn't want to do the walk if ground wet as the marble would be really slippery.
Written October 22, 2023
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ACM007
Sligo, Ireland2 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Couples
Walked from Loutro up the mountainside (escorted by Griffin vultures) via Anopolis to Aradena Gorge. Spectacular with only the goats for company. Lots of fun with metal ladders and stone slopes to clamber over. Much better and quieter than Imbros. Recommended for younger, fitter walkers.
Written June 5, 2020
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markandrew74
Glasgow, UK34 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Family
We parked our car at the village of Annapoli and did the walk as a circular 8hour hike. The paths are reasonably well maintained and signposted so we had very limited need for map gps. First part was over the hill to Loutro. Then along the coast to marmara. Both of these were exposed and on rock / screen so hat and trail shoes at least best. We stopped for a swim at Marmara before the walk up the gorge itself. That was better shaded but quite a few large rock to climb over. At the end we went up the ladders which were secure and in good condition. Out the gorge 5 minutes after the bridge and finally a 30minute walk along decent path to Annapoli. Apart from Marmara no place to get water so bring your own. Easily done and well enjoyed by 48,47,19,17 and 13 year olds! Great views and virtually the whole walk to ourselves :)
Written August 13, 2022
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Jiri56
Brno, Czech Republic3 contributions
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May 2021
I spent in Greece 1 month and visited many areas from Bulgarian border to Crete. However, one of the most interesting places in Crete and perhaps during the whole trip was the area around Anopoli, namely the Aradena Gorge and southern slope of the Lefka Ori Mountains. I visited 3 other well-known gorges in Crete: Kourtaliotiko, Kotsifou and Imbros, but they cannot match Aradena. Apart from Aradena’s extraordinary scenic beauty and rather adventurous walk, there are also some rare animals and plants there which I could not see in other parts of Greece. Another highlight was trekking in Lefka Ori to Pachnes, the second highest peak in Crete which is in walking distance from Anopoli. Last but not least, I found incredibly hospitable people in Anopoli Rooms and Tavern.
Written March 12, 2022
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Russell L
Cambridge16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Joined the gorge near Livaniana after walking from Louto. The walk up the mountainside to Livaniana was fabulous but hard work. There was a great walk following blue dots down into the gorge and then the pleasant and fairly straight forward walk back to marmaris through the gorge. Gorge walk fairly easy, but did slip once on one of the steeper descents. Well worth going and was surprised didnt see anybody at all.
And there is a good tavern in livanania that doesnt take cash but gave me a free fanta. 😀
Written September 4, 2023
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Dingens25
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
So, I won't add much about how awesome this hike is. If you want to do a gorge hike on Crete, and following the hundreds of bus tour tourists through Samaria is not your idea of a great time, go here - it's absolutely stunning, and you get it mostly for yourself.

Instead, as I was a bit lost when looking for info about this, I'll describe my itinerary for a day trip from Chania through the gorge to the beach and back to Chania. Please mind that this review was written for June 2019, so double check departure times yourself.

1) Bus ride Chania - Chora Sfakion

There's a morning bus leaving Chania at 8:15 am. Be at the main bus station by around 8 to buy a ticket at the counter. The bus ride takes you about 1:40h and was a little over 8€.

2) From Chora Sfakion to Aradena

There's one bus going up to the deserted village where the hike starts, but that leaves at 9, so no public transport for you. I took a Taxi (fixed price, 30€). There is a counter of the taxi company in the supermarket on the harbor promenade (sign outside). I've been told hitchhiking works as well, but didn't want to gamble due to time constraints.

3) The hike through Aradena Gorge

Bring enough water (>2l per person) and proper hiking boots. It's a hike, not a walk. You occasionally need to use your hands, and should be sure-footed and not afraid of heights. Trust the arrows and signs, even if they seem misleading at first. As it's still reasonably early (around 10:30) when you start, there's still some shadow in the gorge and the heat isn't too bad. Plan 2-3 hours depending on how fast you are and how much time you spend taking pictures and admiring the views.

4) Marmara Beach

The hike ends at the lovely pebble beach of Marmara. There's a tavern with a marvelous view over the bay with great food and drinks for very reasonable prices. Fuel up, go for a swim, relax for a bit.

5) Marmara Beach to Chora Sfakion

Now you have two options. There's a taxi boat leaving Marmara Beach at 5 pm going to Loutro. I am relatively sure that if you take that one, then the next ferry from Loutro to Chora Sfakion you should be able to reach the last bus back to Chania, but that was too risky for me. Instead, I followed the E4 hike (yellow and black markings) along the coast line back to Loutro, which took me a little over an hour and was pretty exhausting in the afternoon sun. I left at around 3 pm. The treck starts right at the beach of Marmara and is occasionally not very well marked. Loutro is a cute small coastal village, but nothing special. From Loutro there are frequent ferries going to Chora Sfakion, including one at 5 pm, which I took. The ticket was around 6€, and the boat ride took maybe 20 minutes.

6) Chora Sfakion back to Chania

The bus leaves at 6:30 (some schedules say 6:15), after some ferry that comes along the coast arrives. In my case it was delayed by about half an hour, so don't trust on this one if you have to catch a late flight out of Chania. You're back in Chania at 8:30 to 9 pm. Again around 8€.

All in all I spent around 50€ on transportation, plus food and drinks, and was on the road for about 13 hours. If you are in Chania and don't plan to stay a night on the southern coast, this is definitely a way to enjoy a fantastic gorge hike with some relaxing time at a beach. I hope this write-up helps a few people.
Written July 3, 2019
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LN1946
Varde, Denmark7,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
We took in car the road from Chora Sfakia uphill the naked mountain with a fantastic view, and then through Anopoli to Aradena, where a fairly new bridge is made across the gorge to a little church, few houses and many ruins in the old village Aradena.
You can take a difficult path to the bottom of of the gorge.
We didn't, but we had an outstanding experience.
Written July 29, 2014
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Peter B
Manchester, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
The Aradena gorge is a must! I had first thought that we would do the Samaria Gorge but when travelling to Crete I had the thought - let's ask the locals, they might say Yes the Samaria is the longest but the XXXXXX Gorge is better!!! ....Well the XXXXX Garge is the Aradena!!! Beautiful as you go down and not as much travelling to or from the Gorge so it's less tiring. But the Gorge has a red and green route - both the same except for a short distance after the Aradena bridge on the descent. I've done both and much prefer the red route. It's not really that difficult - it's more of a mental challenge if heights bother you!!!
Written July 9, 2014
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Lars K
Aalborg, Denmark23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Lack of research, bad maps and bad tips from the locals lead me up the E4 path from Loutro (when we finally found out it was kind of too late to turn around), not the gorge - fine walk, but after going to the gorge afterwards to see it from the bridge I felt really bad that I didn't have the time and energy for a trip down. Took the boat from Hora Sfakion to Loutro (5€ per person) and the owner of a local taverna gave a lift from Anapolis to Hora Sfakion for 25€'s - a bit steep but no taxis were in sight. There's free parking in the upper part of Hora Sfakion but the lower is 3€.
Written July 17, 2014
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