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The Gorge of Aradaina in Sfakia

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It is one of the most interesting gorges, although it is not among the biggest ones. In order to reach it from Chora Sfakion, you walk the carriageway up to the mountain village of Anopoli (12 km, at an altitude of 600 m), built on the southern side of the foot of the White Mountains.

You then walk another 3,5 km to reach the deserted village of Aradaina (at an altitude of 520 m), built on the brink of the gorge. The ancient city of Aradin used to be there. An iron bridge over a vertiginous precipice unites both sides of the gorge. Before the bridge, on your right hand-side, you will find an old stone path once leading to Aradaina. You walk from there down to the bottom of the gorge and then on a slightly rough ground to its end in the Libyan Sea for 2,30 hours.

At the end of the gorge, on the very clean gravel beach of Marmara, you can enjoy an unforgettable swim. On your way in the gorge you will meet a 9-m deep vertical pass where an iron ladder was placed for accommodation purposes. From the exit of the gorge up to the picturesque village of Loutro, where there are crafts sailing to Chora Sfakion, you can walk for about an hour across the beaches of Lykos and Phoenikas. From the coast of Marmara, a little boat transports people to Loutro daily. It takes two hours to walk from Loutro to Chora Sfakion, if you don’t take the boat.


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  • Location: Aradena, Sfakia
  • Route Length: 5.5 km
  • Route Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Visit Period: All Year

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