River trekking in Sarakina Gorge

Iraklio, Greece

Experience hosted by Nikos

  1. 10 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Sarakina Gorge, hiking and river trekking!

A canyon full of ponds and only some climbing points, make this experience an ideal option for an adventure!

What is really impressive is the large quantity of water almost all year round, that forms very beautiful waterfalls and ponds, ideal for swimming, even in summer. In winter, it is impossible to cross the gorge without getting wet.

We start our adventure just 5 minutes after Mythoi village where we meet the gorge entrance.

It takes about 1 to 1,5 hours to walk and climb up; in some parts you have to walk through the water, climb over rocks, or use the ropes that they put there to pull yourself up.

During the trekking, we will have plenty of time for swimming under the freezing waterfalls wich makes it ideal for summer period!

Its length reaches only 1.5km, but during this short course the visitor will meet an amazing wonder of the Cretan nature, a natural sculpture formed by water in millions of years. Sarakina has imposing walls reaching 150m height while Its width ranges from 3 to 10 meters, with only a few points exceeding that.

The gorge area is also ideal for bird watching since there are plenty of species living and building their nests on the gorge's walls.

Our adventure ends at the very same point we started where we will have fresh traditional greek coffee and snacks!
Sarakina Gorge, hiking and river trekking!

A canyon full of ponds and only some climbing points, make this experience an ideal option for an adventure!

What is really impressive is the large quantity of water almost all year round, that forms very beautiful waterfalls and ponds, ideal for swimming, even in summer. In winter, it is impossible to cross the gorge without getting wet.

We start our adventure just 5 mi…

What's included

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Transportation

Meet your Host, Nikos

Host on Airbnb since 2020
  • 3 Reviews
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I was born and raised in Heraklion, Crete, i am a 4 seasons free camper and i have been into hiking for 6 years all along the Cretan Island and Greece with much love and respect to what i do , i want to share the majesty of my land with people all over the world in order to give them the chance to feel the experience under a local's perspective.
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Where you'll be

The entrance of Sarakina Canyon is near the village Mithi just past the center of the village (there may not be a sign for Sarakina Gorge clearly visible here, but Mithi is tiny, and there is only one road that you can turn right on). From here we will follow the road downhill until we get to a bridge- on the left side of the bridge there is a water treatment plant and a paved parking area. This is the start of Sarakina.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Karen
October 2021
Already before the discovery, Nikos was very helpful and reactive, and quickly answered all my questions. The experience itself was a perfect first day of our holiday. He fetched us at our hotel, so everything was hassle-free. During the river trekking Nikos was very considerate and always made sure that we safely managed the more demanding passages. He took no risks with the weather. He also explained about the wildlife in the canyon. After the activity we stopped for coffee and he made us taste some traditional snacks. Nikos loves his island and gave us lots of tips for the rest of our stay as he wants people to be happy when visiting Crete.
Arndt
August 2021
It was a dream day trip. On the car ride he told us about the peculiarities of each place we passed. In addition, he was able to answer every question we had about Crete. We were able to choose our own pace on the tour and he paid attention to everyone individually. Since we finished faster than expected he offered us several options to see more of the corner of Crete. The photos he took during the tour are wonderful. You can fully concentrate on climbing / hiking and get beautiful memories.
Fabrice
October 2021
Super experience privee avec Nikos dans 1 endroit magiques

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests must be of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.
Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 3 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is moderate.

What to bring

sun protection
towel
extra pair of shoes/socks
extra set of clothes

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.