It is a long way down the donkey steps (they are large steps for a donkey or mule to walk on but there are some small steps as well. If you like to explore, go ahead! If you are afraid of heights or have any other phobia, do not do it and if you have any issue with your knees or legs in general do not attempt this. It is very doable but it is not very easy either.
Do not worry the steps are large and good for you to descend into the “small grand canyon” of Crete. Most people stop on the enlarged parking area and watch the large birds that nest on the narrow canyon walls, or take pictures of the Libyan sea in front of them! If you are able to walk down the many numerous steps (I did not count), please do so. You will be rewarded and the site will be in your memory forever ! At the bottom there is a small church, leaves some change for he person who takes care of the church, light a candle and sy a prayer.
Then go around the Church, open your picnic basket or the food you have in your bag, and listen to the water coming down the Kourtalioti river. There are many large stones inside the river that shape small ponds where you can relax and take off the heat! The waterfall is like music if you do not want to enter the water! Spend some time alone with your other half and the rough incredible beauty of Crete.
Every time we visit Crete, we do this because the Kourtalioti Gorge (the sign says Canyon) is the shortest way to the South side of Crete and exits at the Asomatos village. Right there you can turn left towards Plakia or go right toward Rodakino and Sfakia..
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