Imbros Gorge

The Imbros Gorge, east of Samaria and parallel to it with a length of 8km, is one of the most well-known, much-frequented gorges in the White Mountains. On the one hand, this is because it is shorter (the part passed through may come down to 5-6km), but also because it has smaller and less unevenness than the others, so as not to necessitate the specialized equipment, needed in other well-known gorges because of their greater difficulty. It can be walked throughout the year with, of course, particular care in winter, especially after torrential rain. It begins at the village of Imbros at a height of 750m and ends a little before the Libyan Sea, outside the village of Komitades in the region of Sfakia.

It is especially interesting in spring with all the flowers and orchids which grow on both sides of the river bed which, however, mainly in winter has water. The walk takes about 3 hours and walkers need to have a ticket, which they can provide themselves with at the entrance to the gorge. Its narrowest point is only 1.60m, where it is easy to touch both sides of the walls which rise to 300m. It is amazingly impressive with its luxuriant vegetation and rocky sides which wind their way like a snake through the mountain massif.

On reaching the exit, there are various eating-places for the walkers in the village of Komitades, but also the chance of finding transport, as individual visitors usually leave their own means of transport at the entrance to the gorge (5-8km away).

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