就在我们今年我们的旅程掀起, 我注意到 一张照片 on facebook, posted by a “page” I follow called VisitIerapetra. It was a photo of a beautiful looking fresh-water gorge, apparently very near to Ierapetra in South-East Crete. Having visited Ierapetra over 20 times and having friends who live there, I thought I’d probably seen all of the local highlights, but I’d never heard of this gorge. A bit of research on google indicated that the gorge wasn’t particularly well known, at least to English speakers. I gathered together what information I could and made a vow to find the place.
After several days getting settled back in Crete we set off to find the gorge. I had a suspicion that I knew where the trek started as a couple of years previously we’d discovered a river a short distance from Ierapetra, and with fresh water being fairly rare in August in South-East Crete it seemed the logical place to start. Luckily it turned out to be the right place. The gorge called Sarakina Gorge, but is also known as Myrtos Canyon and to locals as Sarantapihos. On google maps the river is labelled as “Myrtos Potamos” (即. Myrtos River) although it is more correctly called Kriopotamos.
You will need footwear that you would consider suitable for a “scramble”; I wouldn’t recommend flip-flops for example! 一样, 你很可能让你的脚在水中, so expensive shoes or trainers might not be the most sensible option either. I wore some “flossy shoes” which are effectively plimsolls.
There are a few parts which would be a considerable challenge to anyone with a serious fear of heights, young children, anyone with a physical disability, or anyone elderly. I would suggest the route is probably doable for any healthy individual aged 8 to 70, but I’d exercise considered judgement at both ends of that scale.
所以, before I go any further I’ll give some clear directions (走陆路) to the bottom of the gorge, as I haven’t been able to find any in English anywhere else. 该峡谷是刚刚超过 4 miles from the village of Myrtos. From Ierapetra drive West along the South coast on the main road (called “Ierapetra-Arkalochoriou” on TomTom, and called “Epar.Od. Pachias Amou — Gdochia” on Google Maps). Pass through Gra Ligia and Stomio and continue towards the village of Myrtos (located 8½ miles West of Ierapetra). Just as you enter Myrtos you cross a riverbed on a bridge. This is the riverbed that the water would flow down, but it doesn’t reach the coast as it is collected upstream, presumably for agricultural usage. Whilst it would be possible to walk up the riverbed (or the road alongside it) this would be several miles in the hot sun, so I’d recommend staying in the car for now.
Follow the main road past Myrtos which curves away to the North (在右边), back up into the mountains. 0.85 miles after crossing the riverbed by Myrtos you will see signs for a right turn towards the village of Mythi. There is also a sign in Greek and English pointing to the gorge. Follow this road, 之后 1.6 miles you will pass through the village of Mythi. Continue along the road, which will still have signposts to the gorge. Mythi以后的路又开始下降. After another 0.65 miles the road appears to be crossing the riverbed again and starting to wind back up. 这里, 在左边, is a gravel parking area and some concrete structures. You should also be able to hear running water. 停放在碎石区. Congratulations, 你已经到达开始!
我还做了一个 谷歌地图 to help intrepid explorers
一旦你停 (and had a look at the concrete construction that “disappears” the river itself into a hole) 你可以掀起了峡谷. 有在停车场左侧的一些步骤与树木笼罩着他们. 爬上这些和顶部 (那里是只有 30 左右步骤) 道路右转, parallel to the river. You can follow this for a couple of hundred metres. After this the scrambling begins.
I suspect it is possible to walk the gorge without getting one’s feet wet (至少在八月), but to do so would be quite a challenge. With the temperature in the 30’s and appropriate footwear we opted to walk in the water in some places. 也有一些地方，一块巨石 (3–4m high) must be scaled – in these places considerable hand and foot holds have been cut well into the rock.
The route isn’t always obvious (although in a 10m wide canyon there isn’t much searching to be done) but there are faint yellow arrows painted in quite a few locations, 绘在岩石上属于路线的一部分红色方块. 使用这些 (and the obvious carved foot holds) makes finding the best route relatively straight forward.
之后，约5亿 (对我而言相当粗略估计) you reach the only decent depth part of the river in this part of the gorge – a pool which is around 7m wide by 8m long and 2m deep at its deepest point. 这就是，如果你愿意的话去畅游的最佳去处. 也, 这里后有一对夫妇具有提供一条绳子，以帮助棘手的部分. If you have any less confident members in your group this would be a good place to stop before heading back. If you’re confident enough on the rope there is only a couple of hundred metres to go before you emerge from the gorge into a more gentle valley where the river is slower and there are lots of trees and plants. 这是据我们去.
I understand that we walked the “first” of 3 parts of the gorge. The second part is the gentle valley area with the tree and plants (especially bamboo). After this there is apparently a third part of the gorge which has much deeper water, where swimming might be required.
在八月 2014 I returned to Sarakina gorge with 4 朋友. 今年有几乎没有水峡, 即使我们去几乎相同的日期作为 2013. We all climbed up the rope at the end of the first section and explored further. The second section is very easy as it is just a gentle stroll along a wide flat riverbed with part of the walk along a dirt road. 在本月底有一个叉的地方 2 河流加盟. 我们探讨了2亿的每个叉子. The western (左手) fork quickly becomes very difficult to follow whilst the eastern (右手) fork continues to be wide and gentle. It is possible to walk back along the dirt road up to a paved road, 并从那里回来沿着柏油路到峡谷的起点. We did not explore any further, but having done some more research I am hoping to explore the eastern fork much further in 2015.
在 2014 I again walked in plimsolls. My better half wore her beach shoes, and another member of our party did the full walk in his flip-flops. 当水位低 (即. in summer) these kinds of footwear are suitable, although proper sandals would be the ideal. Other reviews I have read insist on proper walking shoes being the answer but I assume these must be referring to much earlier in the year when there is a lot more water and it is necessary to take a more challenging route along the sides of the canyon.
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