Kotsifou is a 1.8 km long with almost vertical cliffs, up to 600 meters high. It is noted for the high number of Cretan endemic plant species that grow there and the amount of water that it holds during the winter and spring time. Somewhere in the middle of its length there is a Agios Nicolaos church, built in a cavity of a huge rock.
Named after the Kourtaliotis or Big River, this extraordinary gorge is famous for the variety of Cretan birds and wild animals that live there and for its impressive natural scenery. The river's water have to travel a long way under old bridges and over beautiful waterfalls before it can reach the sea and the palm trees of Preveli beach. The gorge is 3km long with cliffs of 600 meters in height and along with the neighboring lake of Preveli, is part of the Natura 2000 Network.
The village is built on the spot where the ancient city of Lappa once stood. A perfect place to taste the Cretan cuisine and have your coffee next to the running water and under the trees. After that you can take a trip around the area to see the Roman era archaeological sites and an ancient Necropolis.
The Patsos gorge can be easily crossed through a special path and access iseasy even for kids, at least up to the Agios Antonios church which is built intoa shallow cave. Water is running through this canyon even in summertimeand huge trees are providing shadow. It is a very popular place for hiking andpicnics.
This is the largest natural lake in Crete and surely one of the most beautiful. It hosts a rich ecosystem and it is protected by the NATURA 2000 network. The landscape around the lake is fantastic and offers a great opportunity for long walks and picnics or even swimming. Several cafes and taverns are operating next to the lake for those who want to eat and drink. Legend has it that some nights, a fairy appears and brushes her hair by the lake.
Considered by many as one of the most imposing Cretan gorges, the Aradena gorge is located at the south side of the White Mountains, in the Sfakia area. It's entrance can be found close to the abandoned village of Aradena and crossing it will take you approximately 2,5 hours. An amazing experience with a bonus; the gorge's exit leads to the Marmara beach where you can swim or sunbathe
The Melidoni cave is located close to the Melidoni village and has a great archeological and historical significance. According to archeologists the cave was inhabited continuously from the Neolithic to the Late Roman period. In October 1823, 370 Melidoni citizen found refuge in the cave to escape the Ottomans. After some unsuccessful attempts of recapturing the cave, the Ottomans blocked the cave and light a fire. The bones of the victims are still kept in the central chamber of the cave.
This massive cave, one of the most beautiful in Greece, is consisted of 14 chambers and
occupies 3.300 square meters. It is located in the Zoniana area and is part of the Natural Park
of Psiloritis, protected by UNESCO. The cave's interior is stunning and a home to several
species of animals like bats, snakes and spiders. There is access for people with disabilities.
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This cave is located at a high altitude (1538 meters) on the mountain Ida. According to the Greek Mythology it is the cave where Zeus, the father of gods and ruler of Olympus was raised in secrecy. This is the main reason thousands of people visit it every year. The 800 square meters of the cave are divided into three compartments and a sanctuary.
This cave is located at a high altitude (1538 meters) on the mountain Ida.