A smaller version of Samaria gorge
Part of the European E4 trail network, this gorge starts south of the Agia Irini village and leads close to the crystal waters of Sougia. Its length is 7. 5 km and its crossing takes three to four hours.
Shorter and less crowded that the world famous Samaria gorge, Agia Irini provides an easier alternative for those who want to admire the local flora and fauna as well as the stunning view. Like Samaria, there is also running water and rich vegetation providing shade, which is needed for our hike especially in the summer months.
For those of us with the observing eye, you will find that though more quiet than the busy areas of Chania, this gorge is full of life: birds such as the proud bearded vulture, the colorful and noisy jays, lizards, and even the famous but very cautious Cretan wildgoat are inhabitants of this gorge.
In case you have special requests, or if you are more than 2 people and need a larger vehicle, please contact me to create a customized tour for you.
We start from Chania and head south following the road to Sougia. At the exit of the village of Agia Irini we will leave our vehicle. This where our walk starts. It will take us three to four hours depending on your pass to cross the gorge.
Make sure you bring light snacks so that we can stop for a short picnic.
After 7. 5 kilometers mainly in the shade we will reach the exit.
We can either go back to Chania, or head south to Sougia for lunch & swim. Please see this option at the "What's extra" section.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in Chania
End location: Your hotel in Chania
Duration: 7 hours
It will take us 4 hours to go through the gorge plus 3 hours to come from Chania and return. In case you want to add the Sougia (lunch and swim) option the duration of out tour will be 10 hrs
Our driver will take us by car to the Agia Irini gorge and back to Chania.
Agia Irini gorge entrance fee
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 euros - In case you chose the Agia Irini gorge & Sougia option you will need to have some money for your lunch and refreshments.
30 euros per person should be more than enough to cover this but off course this can vary according to your taste.
Keep in mind that the exercise and the fresh air will probably build up your appetite!
Optional visit to Sougia: The gorge ends 7 km from the beautiful beach of Sougia. If you would like to include lunch and a refreshing swim in the crystal waters of the Libyan sea, this is a great opportunity!
You can chose the Agia Irini gorge & Sougia for an extra 25 euros.
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Excellent tour. The Gorge itself is beautiful, good facilities and at just over 7km, a comfortable walk with enough challenge to be interesting. Mel was wonderful, very accommodating (even brought us some fennel pie - excellent) and looked out continuously for our safety and comfort. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her