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The Gorge of Imbros in Sfakia



It is a small but very beautiful gorge visited each year by around 50.000 people, due to the ease with which you can cross it any time of the year, especially when the gorge of Samaria is closed.

Its crossing starts from the Sfakian mountain village called Imbros, situated at an altitude of 780 m and a distance of 55 km from Chania. There are also taverns with local delicacies in Imbros.

The gorge is 8 km long and its crossing takes about 2 hours. It has impressive ‘gates’ or entrances, i.e. narrow vertical rocky passes that, like a tunnel, almost obstruct the view to the sky in the middle of the passage and the narrowest spot is only 2 m wide.

The gorge ends in the asphalt road that connects Chora Sfakion westwards (4.800 km) to the reputed fortress and beach of Fragokastello (10 km) eastwards. There are taverns at the exit as well.


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  • Location: Chora Sfakion
  • Route Length: 8 km
  • Route Duration: 3 Hours
  • Route Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Visit Period: All Year




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