Hike through the Kritsa Gorge on Crete (East)

The approximately 4.5-hour hike through the impressive Kritsa Gorge in the east of Crete is an experience. The circular hike usually follows paths that are easy to walk on, but surefootedness and a spirit of adventure are still required for some passages in the canyon. Experienced guide, small picnic and equipment included.

  • Tour / activity duration: ~ 4.5 hours
  • Languages: English, Greek
  • Transfer: no, not included
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Kritsa gorge hike on Crete

The Kritsa Gorge is an impressive and exciting hiking destination on Crete - a beautiful challenge for a hiking holiday on the Greek island.

Price overview

  • Hike Kritsa Gorge Crete ( approx. 4,5h) - per person50.-€
Exciting canyon on Crete

Booking option: Crete hike Kritsa gorge (east)

The hike through the gorge of Kritsa begins at the end of the village of Kritsa. After the ascent, the path leads to the foot of the Tsivi summit and over the Katharo plateau. The first section of the gorge, about 2.5 kilometres long, is ideal for hiking. The height difference between the entrance and the exit of the ravine is about 200 metres.

The landscape inside the gorge is impressive. The watercourse is densely overgrown with plane trees, oaks, oleanders and many plant species typical for Crete. In a few places a little climbing practice is necessary to overcome smaller rocks. You hike alongside an experienced guide. The hike is also suitable for children.


  • Minimum number of participants: 4 persons
  • Duration: ~ 4.5 hours
  • Days: daily
  • Months: possible all-year
  • Languages: English, Greek
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Pick-up not included
  • Starting point: Kritsa village


  • Professional guide, insurance, complete equipment, picnic

Important information


  • Normal fitness level
  • No claustrophobia

Please bring along:

Sunglasses, sun blocker, snacks, sports- / hiking shoes, suitable clothing, hat, backpack, drinks

Detailed description

Exciting hike through the Kritsa Gorge on Crete (East)

The Kritsa Gorge on Crete is an El Dorado for hikers. This spectacular canyon opens up exciting, multi-faceted, with small climbing units and amidst the Cretan nature. A hike through the Kritsa Gorge is an experience that offers variety for both nature lovers and active holidaymakers. The gorge hike begins at the end of the pretty and historically significant village of Kritsa, situated in the east of Crete and only a few kilometres from the popular holiday destination of Agios Nikolaos. Even the entrance into the Kritsa Gorge is remarkable - like a portal the crevice between the rocks opens for the hiker.

Sure-footedness and a spirit of adventure are good companions for this hike. In some places you will have to climb over rocks and be allowed to do some climbing. Metal brackets will help you over obstacles in some places. The hike through the Kritsa Gorge is not only a sporting pleasure, but also a botanical discovery. Endemic plants, plane trees, oaks and wonderfully fragrant oleanders line the path through the riverbed, which has dried up over long stretches of the year. Between the up to 150-metre-high rock faces, the trail narrows with every metre and narrows to a minimum of 90 centimetres at a passage. The Kritsa Gorge is well accessible except for the places where you have to help yourself to get ahead. Solid footwear is highly recommended to pass the gravel bed safely. The path is lined with markings that provide orientation.

With your experienced guide at your side, you can concentrate on the hiking pleasure during this Kritsa gorge hike. With at least 4 participants, the Kritsa hike takes you through one of the most beautiful canyons in Crete. With several breaks and a pace adapted to the group, the circular hike lasts about 4.5 hours. Children can also take part in the hike through the Kritsa Gorge accompanied by an adult. A small picnic with fresh fruit and Cretan delicacies is included in the price.


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

Customer Reviews Kritsa gorge hike on Crete

Jonathan wrote on May 13, 2019
Overall rating
80 von 100

Easy tour

The hike was a bit too easy for my friends and me but still nice.

Leichte Tour

Die Wanderung war vom Schwierigkeitsgrad etwas zu einfach für meine Freunde und mich aber trotzdem schön.
Gisela wrote on May 11, 2019
Overall rating
80 von 100

For us personally a bit too long

Personally, the hike was a bit too long. We could have done 3 hours. However, one of course has seen more us otherwise the other places would be too short at 3 hours. But the tour is still recommended.

Uns persönlich ein bisschen zu lang

Uns persönlich war die Wanderung ein bisschen zu lang. Uns hätten auch 3 Stunden gereicht. Allerdings hat man so natürlich auch mehr gesehen uns sonst würde bei 3 Stunden vermutlich die anderen Orte zu kurz kommen. Aber die Tour ist dennoch zu empfehlen.
Meli wrote on Oct 13, 2018
Overall rating
100 von 100

Beautiful Hike

We had wonderful weather and we very much enjoyed the hike.

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