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The Gorge of Aradena

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Address: Aradena, Crete, Greece

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After a long serpantine road we found this treasure. It's an absolutely-must-visit on Crete. It's much more wild, than the Samaria gorge. Definitely not suitable for kids.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2016
Karlsruhe, Germany
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

After a long serpantine road we found this treasure. It's an absolutely-must-visit on Crete. It's much more wild, than the Samaria gorge. Definitely not suitable for kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

If you've been to Crete, then this is a must see! The road alone is worth - the serpentine, a lot! You will drive through two villages Kampia and Anopoli, here you will find a fantastic taverna`s - for a good prices and food just fantastic, so not necessary to bring food from Hora Sfakion. Free to find a room... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We drove to the wooden bridge over the Gorge Arodena. Its a lovely drive and the trees on that side of Crete are different to the North. Many windy roads and interesting little villages and views, goats and sheep, mountains and valleys. The bridge is made of planks which rattle madly as you cross. There is a tourist shop on... More 

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The most stressful part was a driving with a bus from Chora Sfakia to Aradena. Tiny serpentine roads, height - amazing but scary. Aradena itself wasn't very hard. We did it from the top to the Marmara beach. As we started early enough (a bus from Chora Sfakia left about 8 in the morning) it wasn't hot even in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

If you are going to do the circular walk, do the route down as early as you can in the day, before the hillside gets too hot. We drove to the village of Aradena at the top and parked in the village. From there we walked back over the bridge to the turning for the surfaced road to Livaniana, and... More 

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

Visit to the gorge of Aradena have two options : iwalk along a winding trail, but it requires suitable shoes or ride along impressionable serpentine road up the hill, which is about 16 km way from the village Hora Sfakion. With wife, we chose a the second option. Asphalt put on this road 6 -7 years ago and quality is... More 

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Oksboel, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

If you don't walk in difficult gorges, you can still in car have a fantastic trip to Aradena Gorge. The road-trip from Vrisses, close to the northcoast, over the mountains to Sfakia on the southcoast, and then up again to Aradena, is a fantastic nature experience. See also my review of 29. july 2014.

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Bremen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The hiking trail down the gorge to the sea was a great experience. Not too difficult to walk but also a bit challenging. We loved it and also that is not so busy and touristy as the Samaria trail.

3 Thank Travel_Sash
Kfar Saba, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We really enjoyed this hike. Logistically it was easy to do on our own and we were able to spend time exploring the Southern coast by car the same day, rather than having to rely on a tour or bus. We parked in Hora Sfakion and then walked a few meters along the waterfront promenade to where there was a... More 

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Cahersiveen, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I did two walks in the Aredena. The first from Loutro through Fenix to Liviniana. I left early to get to Liviniana before the sun came up. This is a lovely walk, well marked but would be very hot in the sunshine. The village of Liviniana appeared deserted apart from the odd voice to be heard in the distance. Unfortunatly... More 

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