The gorge of Imbros is the second most popular gorge for walkers in Crete after the gorge of Samaria. The village of Imbros is a charming mountain village, the starting point of the gorge.
It is much easier to walk than Samaria: walking distance is 8 km, total descent is around 600m and the average walking time is about 2.5 hours. The path is generally easier underfoot. This is the sort of walk that you could easily walk with children. It also would not need to take a whole long day.
The gorge is fairly narrow (under 2 meters wide at one point!) and has plenty of trees you will have shade most of the time. The gorge is much smaller in height as well as length and less majestic than Samaria but this also means that at all times you are right next to the slopes and cliffs and has a much better opportunity to see plants and flowers at close range. And there are plenty of interesting flowers to see, especially in the spring.
After around 90 minutes walk from the gorge entrance booth (2 hours if you walk really slowly) you will pass an impressive stone arch on your right. After this the gorge widens a little and after around 15 more minutes you get to the road and the village of Komitades where you’ll find quite a few tavernas. The village Komitades is the end of the gorge and the meeting point for the bus to pick you up.
Our tour ends in the beautiful village of Fragokastello, where you will have the opportunity to swim before you will take the bus which will bring you to your hotel.
Type of excursion: Adventure – educational – swimming – Full day
Should take: Proper walking shoes, photo camera, a bottle of water and fruits or sweets during the walk, sun protection, swimsuit.
Not included – pay on the spot:
Imbros Gorge eentrance fee: 2.00€