The St. Anthony Gorge (ag. Antoniou, in Greek) is one of a number of gorges scattered around Crete, but the only one that we visited during our holiday. It is not particularly easy to locate or well signposted, but once you get close to it there are panels advertising the Drumos tavern which is at the entrance to the gorge. At the time we visited, in early October, there was only a trickle of a stream running down the gorge (and even that disappeared after a while, evidently taking another path - possibly underground).
There are paths for a while, and then these disappear and you're basically scrambling over rocks, with occasional daubs of paint to show you the way. There are a couple of rickety-looking wooden bridges across the gorge, and at various points there are some makeshift ladders or ropes to help you surmount some of the trickier passages. Most of them seem to be solid enough but you do have to watch your footing.
The gorge is very picturesque and it's a fun clamber. We took it relatively slowly as my partner has a dodgy knee, and we spent 2 to 3 hours going down and back up again, without reaching the end of the gorge (it comes out at one end of a fair-sized lake that you pass on the way to it, if you come from the North). Some people were on organised trips where they started at one end and were met by their bus at the other end, and they told us that this was supposed to take about an hour and a half.
We returned and had a good meal at the tavern, interrupted by one of their rabbits who hopped up onto the chair next to us and stole some of our food. It was a very enjoyable trip with some beautiful scenery . I would advise you to give it a miss if it's raining, though, because the rocks would surely be treacherous in the wet.
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