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Gorge of the Dead

Kato Zakros, Kato Zakros, Crete 723 00, Greece
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Great walk and even better run route

Being a runner, I was checking out run routes on strava before we came to Crete. The Gorge of the... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Perfect excursion

We headed out from MakriGialos and really enjoyed the dramatic scenery over the mountains and down... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Rachel C
Banbury, United Kingdom
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Kato Zakros, Kato Zakros, Crete 723 00, Greece
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Being a runner, I was checking out run routes on strava before we came to Crete. The Gorge of the Dead tickled my fancy and I ran it three times in a week. Each time giving a different experience. First, I ran from the main...More

3  Thank NicWise66
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We headed out from MakriGialos and really enjoyed the dramatic scenery over the mountains and down to the East coast. We'd gone anticipating getting a taxi from Kato Zakros to entrance A but under estimated how tiny it is and there were none. Luckily a...More

Thank Rachel C
Reviewed 3 August 2017

OK, this gorge is not that much about the death, but is a beautiful place on Crete worth to be visited. We have approached the gorge from both sides - from the Kato Zarchos (from bottom) and from the top, where the gorge "started". Nice...More

Thank Vinetou
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This is a nice and easy gorge walk that you can do with your kids if you want a break from the beach life. We did it in approximately 2 hours from the upper start down to Kato Zakros where we enjoyed a nice lunch...More

1  Thank Marcus H
Reviewed 6 June 2017

A wondorful litte gorge. Lush with loacal herbs and plants. Goats arre roaming freely on the steep wallls and their bells are a adding a unique soundtrack to the hike. We stayed at Kato Zakros and hiked up and down. Bring your own water and...More

Thank mickeyg7
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This late in the year, the flora is rather monotonous, and in the heat of the day, few animals reptiles, mammals or birds were about either. We only stayed for 1/2 hour

1  Thank Rod F
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Did this in May when the sun was not too strong. In the summer start as early as you can as there is little shade. The guide books mostly give directions from top to bottom and then bus or taxi back to your car, but...More

1  Thank Skidmark2
Reviewed 26 April 2017

leave you car and just walk. It's a 90 minute walk up from the beach and 60 minutes back and worth every minute

1  Thank Michael W
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Drove to the beach and the taverna booked us a taxi to the start. Went from entrance B. The B route down to the gorge itself was beautiful and full of spring flowers and some amazing "stink Lily's " the striking purple flowers which Smell...More

Thank welshinlondon
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Pleasant downhill gorge walk. Good to do it early morning as it will be hot at mid-day. Lovely scenery. Peaceful.

Thank Diane S
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10 April 2017|
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Response from Trickygoose | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, You can stay on relatively flat ground, as in the dry season it is a dried riverbed. The path does get narrow in some spots, and it is possible to slip on some of the rocky terrain as well. You can choose to stay... More
1 September 2016|
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Response from trippingferret | Reviewed this property |
Not really. There is a bus service (not frequent) which I suppose you could use, but as has been mentioned, it isn't a strenuous walk. If you are starting from Kato Zakros I'd recommend walking up the Old Zakros Road (nice... More