Agiofarago

Depending the group and weather we will either start from the north part of the gorge or from a path which pass very close to the sea and ends up in the gorge.
You will not be disappointed with either of the above routes, both are great and end up in a superb beach.
Pick up from Heraklion city and near by is for free. If you are staying further from Heraklion, please get in touch with us to discuss the best possible option for transfer.

The monastery of Odigitria is a monastery of great importance and historical value and one of the oldest in Crete. It is located at the west edge of the Asterousia mountains at an altitude of 250 meters just 2km before the starting point to Agiofarago. The monastery was built like a fortress and part of its wall is still visible. The buildings of the complex surround the central two-aisled church of the monastery, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the Apostles Peter and Paul. There was a third aisle, dedicated to St. Fanourios, but it has been demolished.

As the group approaches to the gorge a small church of St Antonios surrounded by the rocks of the gorge as it can be seen from the highest point of the route from Kali Limenes to Agiofarago and also from the second route (the one from the monastery). From that point and 200-300 m at the back and to the left there is the gulf of Vourvoulitis; descending into it is dangerous and requires special attention. Two meters before the water you can dive! Ascending is much easier. For the bold ones there is the possibility of free diving! 

In summer the temperature can be quite high (30-42oC), so you'd better avoid moving in the afternoon. Start walking early in the morning or late in the afternoon. In winter things are quite better with much lower temperatures comparing to summer.

Price Includes: Local guide and transport from Heraklion.
Not Included: Picnic lunches during the walks and everything that is not listed above.
Period: All year long.
Group Size: 2-15 participants.
Difficulty: The Agiofarago hike offers an easy hike for everage and fottnes level including children. The total hike including the return is about 2-2.5 hours.
Participants should be in good physical condition. Experience is not essential.
Equipment: Daypack (approx. 25-35lt), trekking shoes, water bottle (at least 1.5lt of water during the summer), hat, sun cream, sun glasses.

Price: 60€ per person. 4+ bookings 50€ per person.