Patsos Gorge Excellent Trekking in Crete Greece 2020

Patsos Gorge is a must explore one when hiking in Crete. It is near Rethymno, Crete. The gorge is almost all covered with trees, so there is plenty of shade.

This gorge is considered one of the top ten gorges to hike in Crete.

Shade makes it more convenient to hike it through since the summer Cretan sun can scorch your head and skin.

We went there as part of our trip to Crete. Visiting the canyon was part of an urban tour around the Rethymno area, provided by Urban Adventures.

These guys and girls know their in’s and out’s regarding urban/village and food tours.

Into the Patsos Gorge Mysteries

Patsos Gorge is located inland of Rethymno Prefecture, at the municipality of Amari (subscribe to receive our next posts about culinary Amari).

Before the entrance below, you can find a small tavern/cafe. It will be useful on your way back.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

Visiting Patsos gorge would be a kind of resting/relaxing experience, so to end the day-long tour.

There was no hiking in the tour schedule (it was late anyway), but along with Maria, we decided to do it on our own, just for the experience.

The whole day tour was so amazing that it gave us the kind of energy we needed to decide to hike through the gorge.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

At the entrance of the gorge, there is the cave-chapel of Agios Antonios (Saint Anthony).

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

There is a spring there with cold fresh water, lots of shade, and outdoor tables to sit and relax.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

The gorge is not very well marked, but in specific places are red marks on the gorge walls.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

You can’t get lost.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

We have to say that at some points, we needed to think and find a way to proceed further. But there was a way through in all cases.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete
You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete
You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

The total length is 3km (total, back and forth). That length is not too much in normal asphalt road walking conditions.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

Yet, inside a gorge with huge rocks and obstacles, it can be long enough.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete
You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete
You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

When there is still water (not so much in August), there exist small but shallow lagoons with impressive waterfalls.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

Some areas of the gorge route are crossed through wooden ladders, with additional ropes (already in place) to get a grip.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

There is no actual “climbing” with ropes. They are there for safety. At various points, things seem easy, but you have to be very careful as even with mild moisture, it gets slippery.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

Make sure you wear proper hiking shoes or sandals.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

No flip-flops, as we saw some doing the gorge with such, and they -indeed- mentioned it was difficult.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

At the end of the gorge (exit), there is an artificial lake created by the Potamoi dam. A variety of ecosystems is hosted there.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

To get to the lake, walk under a cement bridge. You will quickly find that as the route stops there.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete

Just go under it. The lake is only 50-80 meters after that.

Precautions for Patsos Gorge, Crete

Make sure the weather is excellent without any chance for rain since the gorge doesn’t have side exits, and it may become dangerous with rain.

Also, make sure to do it during day time (preferably during the morning) to avoid being in there in the late afternoon. Sunlight is reduced fast in such places due to high gorge walls and plantation.

You Must Explore Patsos Gorge in Crete
Victory photo after completing the hiking inside Patsos Gorge

Enjoy.

Disclosure: This trip was made possible with the support of Urban AdventuresEllinair Airlines, Arodamos Traditional Guesthouses, Enagron Ecotourism Village. However, the entire content and opinions are always our own.

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