The Gorge of Aradena

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The Gorge of Aradena
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Lindac
Crete, Greece9 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Great gorge....wild but with a quite good path, in some places you have make small jumps and other parts you have to slide down rocks. When you reach the beach of Marmara the walk was so worth it.
Written 9 July 2020
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ACM007
Sligo, Ireland2 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Walked from Loutro up the mountainside (escorted by Griffin vultures) via Anopolis to Aradena Gorge. Spectacular with only the goats for company. Lots of fun with metal ladders and stone slopes to clamber over. Much better and quieter than Imbros. Recommended for younger, fitter walkers.
Written 5 June 2020
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manosep
Rethymnon, Greece339 contributions
Sep 2019
The Gorge of Aradaina offers a great experience for every hiker ect.
It's about 7 km long and i think can be walked through in 2hours.
The difficulty is medium. It offers a wild beauty to the traveler with easy
trails but in specific spots it get's really difficult. Climbing is not necessary because
specific ladders are placed and make it easier to pass it through.
You MUST have with you plenty of water and wear necessary gear (shoes) to make it.
Nature at its best.
A very big advantage is that ends in Marmara Beach where you can enjoy a great swim in deep blue clean water. There is a taverna over there that offers great tasteful plates.
I recommend it to everyone. (be carefull it's not for children up to 16 years old - it's dangerous and difficult)
Written 17 November 2019
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TrondAS
Tananger, Norway101 contributions
Sep 2019
We tracked from Paleiochora to Sfakia, and walked up and down both Samaria and Aradena gorge. Both are amazing, but we prefer Aradena. Nearly no traffic (groups walking down Samaria) and more exciting nature.
Written 6 November 2019
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Dingens25
19 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
So, I won't add much about how awesome this hike is. If you want to do a gorge hike on Crete, and following the hundreds of bus tour tourists through Samaria is not your idea of a great time, go here - it's absolutely stunning, and you get it mostly for yourself.

Instead, as I was a bit lost when looking for info about this, I'll describe my itinerary for a day trip from Chania through the gorge to the beach and back to Chania. Please mind that this review was written for June 2019, so double check departure times yourself.

1) Bus ride Chania - Chora Sfakion

There's a morning bus leaving Chania at 8:15 am. Be at the main bus station by around 8 to buy a ticket at the counter. The bus ride takes you about 1:40h and was a little over 8€.

2) From Chora Sfakion to Aradena

There's one bus going up to the deserted village where the hike starts, but that leaves at 9, so no public transport for you. I took a Taxi (fixed price, 30€). There is a counter of the taxi company in the supermarket on the harbor promenade (sign outside). I've been told hitchhiking works as well, but didn't want to gamble due to time constraints.

3) The hike through Aradena Gorge

Bring enough water (>2l per person) and proper hiking boots. It's a hike, not a walk. You occasionally need to use your hands, and should be sure-footed and not afraid of heights. Trust the arrows and signs, even if they seem misleading at first. As it's still reasonably early (around 10:30) when you start, there's still some shadow in the gorge and the heat isn't too bad. Plan 2-3 hours depending on how fast you are and how much time you spend taking pictures and admiring the views.

4) Marmara Beach

The hike ends at the lovely pebble beach of Marmara. There's a tavern with a marvelous view over the bay with great food and drinks for very reasonable prices. Fuel up, go for a swim, relax for a bit.

5) Marmara Beach to Chora Sfakion

Now you have two options. There's a taxi boat leaving Marmara Beach at 5 pm going to Loutro. I am relatively sure that if you take that one, then the next ferry from Loutro to Chora Sfakion you should be able to reach the last bus back to Chania, but that was too risky for me. Instead, I followed the E4 hike (yellow and black markings) along the coast line back to Loutro, which took me a little over an hour and was pretty exhausting in the afternoon sun. I left at around 3 pm. The treck starts right at the beach of Marmara and is occasionally not very well marked. Loutro is a cute small coastal village, but nothing special. From Loutro there are frequent ferries going to Chora Sfakion, including one at 5 pm, which I took. The ticket was around 6€, and the boat ride took maybe 20 minutes.

6) Chora Sfakion back to Chania

The bus leaves at 6:30 (some schedules say 6:15), after some ferry that comes along the coast arrives. In my case it was delayed by about half an hour, so don't trust on this one if you have to catch a late flight out of Chania. You're back in Chania at 8:30 to 9 pm. Again around 8€.

All in all I spent around 50€ on transportation, plus food and drinks, and was on the road for about 13 hours. If you are in Chania and don't plan to stay a night on the southern coast, this is definitely a way to enjoy a fantastic gorge hike with some relaxing time at a beach. I hope this write-up helps a few people.
Written 3 July 2019
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Kalle T
Askoy Municipality, Norway7 contributions
Oct 2018
After parking the car at a small bar just over the bridge, we took the steep path down into the gorge. The gorge has some hard part with some "climbing". We were told that the ladders are not for people with fear og hights, but I have the fear and thought the new path build after an avalanche is even worse. On the way up again we took the ladders. No problem. After walking all the way down (about 8 km from the parking) we reach the lovely Marbela beach, with its lovely grotto's.You will need the whole day to walk both ways and have time for a bath, some good food and a relax at the beach.
Written 8 November 2018
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CDN2UK
Mesa, AZ50 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
We started at the top and did the return hike, approximately 5 hours on the trail, plus about one hour at the beach, which is very nice. The hike is about 3/4 fairly flat with a pebbly floor and easy hiking. The remaining 1/4 is pretty tough scrambling over rocks and boulders. There are options to take the bus and and water taxi and walk only one direction. If I was doing it again I would probably do this; 5 hours of up and down and scrambling was a bit too much for our group.

Altogether spectacular scenery and a really good day.
Written 14 October 2018
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boothfenn
Sunderland58 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
What a way to spend a day! ,medium to hard walk through a fantastic gorge down to a remote beach and restaurant.Some taxing bits if you're not good with heights We started at the top and arranged a lift after as short walk along the rock edge.Doable both ways but allow time .While your in that area do Mont pacnes
Written 3 October 2018
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MegH007
Ashbourne, UK58 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We caught the 9am bus to Aradena from Chora Sfakion and then walked down the gorge.

It took us nearly three hours to Marmara beach and was definitely more adventurous than Samaria, Imbros and Agia Irini but it was lovely and quiet. We teamed up with another couple which helped with route finding and reassured us in case of mishap.

We took the "route sportif" which involved ladders and a rope but it was quite straightforward if you stuck to the route.

We were rewarded with a lovely swim and taverna at Marmara and took the 4pm boat back to Chora Sfakion.
Written 24 September 2018
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rjhollis
Leeds, UK33 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Really worth a visit, the drive up the switchbacks to the gorge gives stunning views along the coastline. The entrance at the top of the gorge is by a 138 metre high rickety bridge (where there is bungee jumping at the weekend) and you then walk through a beautiful old village (much of it in ruins) The gorge itself is beautiful with high-sided walls and great views.
Written 5 August 2018
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