Our experiences in Crete are escalating! Read about another famous gorge, part of our Crete Gorges trips. This is the Pervolakia gorge in Crete, also known as Moni Kapsa gorge due to the monastery of Kapsa you meet at the entrance and exit of the gorge (you can exit the gorge from a different route if you like).
What is most promising for this route is the… exit. Since, the starting point is near a couple of beaches with amazing blue waters, where we had a very relaxing swim, after a 5 hour walking in and out the gorge.
There is a “parking” place with lots of trees and you can leave the car there. This is also the starting point. This is the monastery seen at the entrance point.
The gorge is a bit dry with low plantation. In general many gorges of this area are more or less like that since Lasithi is in the “wildest” side of Greece. But with this kind of “wild” comes “wild beauty” too.
Maria is “framing” the gorge for some pictures…
The gorge is very well marked and you can’t get lost. However the tricky part here is the wind. The day we went the wind was blowing like hell. At some points it was a bit difficult to pass. We met some people from France who abandoned half way, while a guy from Germany did it all.
This part here was rather difficult. I am not a light weight person and I was feeling I would fly…
This was a nice encounter. A shady place. I think it was the only one. The letters in red (in Greek) mean “sitting room”.
The truth is that some points we had to choose between different options for passing to the next level.
Our host at AsprosPotamos mentioned that there was one tavern at the village. We were eager to find it as we were very hungry and thirsty.
The owner was very friendly and he told us how to return from another route (also well marked) but completely stripped from tall plantation… This means: No Shade!
Along this route we also met a small cave. If you felt too hot this was a nice place to have a rest.
Wind was blowing heavily here too. This was a nice comfort as the sun was very hot. Looks like I am running? No I am not… The wind is pushing me in every step!
Terrific views. We were drooling seeing that sea and we were fantasizing being there!
“See the road? We are getting closer”… Yes, right. It was another 30-45 minutes from that point as you can’t just walk straight down.
We stayed there more than half an hour, just lowering our temperature, laughing on what we performed once more!
Plan to do this gorge in Crete. The route, the sea at the end and the tavern midway are totally refreshing experiences.
Stand by for one more gorge story which ends to a waterfall. Short route but terrific nature.
Do have an exciting time in Crete.
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