Rouvas Gorge


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Trail stats

3.5 mi
Elevation gain
2,408 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
646 ft
Max elevation
3,207 ft
84 4.5
Min elevation
1,410 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
2 hours 10 minutes
2 hours 53 minutes
October 17, 2019
October 2019
  • Rating

  •   4.5 5 Reviews
3,207 ft
1,410 ft
3.5 mi

near Áno Zarós, Crete (Greece)

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Itinerary description

A moderate to hard depending on your fitness.
A walk that is very easy to follow with plenty of red marks on rocks, along with many parts of the trail wooden and mesh fence along the route.
There is a bit of everything on this walk.
Climbing up steep steps cut into the rock, easy walking under shady trees, negotiating largish boulders and rocks, keeping your balance on slippery shale stones and walking over several wooden bridges.

The walk is the same way down as it is up and not a circular, however there are several alternative routes that emanate from the top if you do not wish to repeat the same route.
I have not walked them so I cannot advise on there suitability or length, or even where they end up.
I did not see any road leading away from the top, but there were some 4x4 vehicles parked by the church, so their must be some sort of trail up and down.

I did see some very young children with their parents going up this trail, I however would not recommend this as it is not a very easy trail which offers no alternative exit if the going gets too hard or tiring and they will have to return to the start.

An enjoyable albeit fairly tough walk. (For me anyway)


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Photo ofStart


To start the walk you walk through the nice scenic lake setting and through the small cafe where you will see some steps with a wooden rail to your right.

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The actual start.

Pass through the cafe, where the artifical grass stops and start up the steps

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Pass this sign

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Wire fence

At the end of the steps, turn left with the wire fence on your left and just follow the well worn path.

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Photo ofChurch


Along the path you will see the large blue domed church, however the trail bypasses this as you walk around the right hand side perimeter.

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Small river bed

Along a small dried up river bed acrooss to the other side and follow the path up to the right.

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Keep right by the sign

The path is easy to negotiate with loads of markers all the way to the top.

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Another fenced path

Just follow the fence

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Up the cut steps, fairly steep

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Dip down

Small part of the trail that goes down

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Rock area

Follow the red marks going around to your left. A bit of rocks and boulders to negotiate around

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same rock area

Up a few larger boulders, no handholds though

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Shaded tree area

Once you have got near here it is fairly level and well shaded

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well worn pathway

Easy to follow trail

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Agou Nikolaou Gorge

Small gorge of the same name above goes to the right. Admire but go left to continue the trail

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Another shot of the gorge

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Leave gorge

Follow the red markers on

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keep going up slight slope

Follow pathway going up again

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Sign post

At the sign post go right and follow the footpath which continues up. The pathway is ongoing up with the wooden rail missing and broken in many places. A few small landslides over the winter create small areas of loose gravel

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View looking down

View looking down while following trail. This is defintely a single line part of the trail

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More steps

More steps, still going up

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View of path below

Looking down on the pathway you have already done to give you an idea of the height that you have climbed

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Seating area built around a tree with good views and a good water drinking / snack point

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Loose small rocks

Fairly slippery area of small loose pepples where you go down before picking up the track again

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Stone area

Continue over stony area a few larger boulders to get over, some shade from trees always welcome

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Red markers

Still a rocky area, but plenty of red markers to follow

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More steps

More steps going up

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Missing fence

Continue on, be aware fence is not always there and the path is fairly narrow with a fairly high drop

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Another large boulder area

More larger boulders to climb over

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Second wooden bridge

Very secure wooden bridge to pass over to continue the trek

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Low rock, watch your head

You have already walked a longish but fairly flat and scattered shaded area, but watch your head with some of the low branches and rocks

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More fence

Path continues with a decent hand rail

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Nearly there

A few areas where it narrows, stunning walk with plenty of birds of prey circulating and great rock formations. There is normally a few patches of water puddles around this area throughout the year.

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Eating area

After going through the small narrow area it opens out onto large tree lined area with plenty of tabele and seats. There is a low small brick enclove that has fresh water available from a tap. Beware of greedy goats wanting to pinch your food, lol. They are very persistant.

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Photo ofChurch


The walk not finished until you touch the church door.

Comments  (5)

  • Gisi Böser Oct 22, 2021

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    Ein wirklich anspruchsvoller Aufstieg. Es hat sich aber definitiv gelohnt, zumal wir mit beginnender Dämmerung als Letzte hinab gelaufen sind und einige seltene Vögel beobachten konnten.

  • Kostas S 1 Apr 15, 2023

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    Nice trail, not very difficult (but it is sometimes)
    Variety of different sceneries!

  • medwyn jones Jun 11, 2023

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    Excellent, thank you. I had the blessing of rain in the upper sections today, unexpected but not unwelcome

  • nikenak Sep 23, 2023

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    Beautiful route, not too difficult, though it can be very hot in summer. In that season, the river is dry and you can walk through it.

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    haibike 7.0 Nov 8, 2023

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Bel percorso, fatto 8/11/2023. Grazie per la traccia. Ciao

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