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“Fantastic little gorge trek and great restaurant”
Review of St. Anthony Gorge

St. Anthony Gorge
Ranked #2 of 86 things to do in Rethymnon
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

This place is a bit of a challenge to find, but there are signs for the restaurant all over, Drumos Tavern. Well worth the search though. The gorge has been in use for thousands of years and if you are lucky enough to have the main (church) area to yourself you will see how mystical it can feel! The church area is a short walk from the restaurant entrance, but if you plan on doing the gorge walk definitely be prepared to scramble over rocks and up and down makeshift ladders - wear the right shoes, take water, and use bug repellent. The couple of hours it takes to do the gorge and back are well spent and we had a very good and remarkably inexpensive meal at the restaurant at the end of the adventure.

You DO NOT reach a lake at the end of the gorge - it was damned a number of years ago to create a reservoir. I did not see anyone in the reservoir or public access points for it. Although there were apparently two crocodiles spotted in the lake while we were staying in the area -no joke...news crew even captured it on camera. Think it is up on you tube!

1  Thank Sheree H
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"nice hike"
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"takes about hours"
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

We walked on the right (church) side there, and came back on the trail on the opposite side. We only went down the first three ladders. If you want an easier walk, cross the first bridge and walk on that path until it gets into the rocks. If you want more of an adventure, stay on the right side. We also enjoyed drinks at the taverns but we don't recommend the local wine.

3  Thank steved333
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you are a fun of country, this is an excellent opportunity to visit this place and do some mountain walking or mountain biking. Sit at the cafe an enjoy your picnic!

Thank Nikos N
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Reviewed June 27, 2014

First off, I wouldn't count on road signs, or GPS getting you here without coordinates, i.e. 35°15'17.46"N 24°34'11.93"E.

I came across this suggestion on another website at the last minute on my phone which referred to the gorge as 'Pathos Gorge' and a tame family option so didn't have the benefit of the other useful reviews here on TA.

We had a fantastic time but unprepared for the length and difficulty as both wore flip flops (not proud admitting that), and the route involves a fair bit of climbing and pulling yourself over rocks. We didn't see any English instructions / advice on length or difficulty of the route, so when presented with options on which route to take (at least twice the route split early on) we just innocently took a bit of a guess. There were yellow dots spray painted on rocks which assured you you were going the right direction every now and then which eventually turned to dark green. If you find yourself with disintegrating footwear or out of water turn back when the dots change! We didn't.. We hoped that the route somehow turned back on itself but eventually came out at a concrete bridge where we could go no further with a road on top. We turned back on the same route, the whole thing took about 3 hours. We somehow missed the 'lake' mentioned in other reviews.

There is a spring at the church where we filled our water bottles at the beginning, so glad we did it! Almost fell to our knees at it when we got back as had run out of water about 1.5hrs in.

We had only counted on a 20min visit before lunch so turned up a tavern at 4pm a bit worse for wear for a really nice lunch.

3  Thank Dinziee
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

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.

4  Thank LarissaLorinczi
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