Aradena gorge

How about a wild gorge?

 Private Full- day tour 


Duration of the trip: 8 hours (approximately)

Pick up time: Around 08:00 am


Trail length: 5.5 km

Duration of the hike: 3,5 hours (approximately)

Difficulty: Moderate

Drinking water: Νο


What is included

  • Lunch and Picnic

  • Boat tickets

  • Transfer from and to your hotel

  • English, French, Spanish speaking tour leader

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The gorge of Aradena is well known for its characteristically high and steep rocky walls, dense vegetation and abundance of wild birds, while Aradena’s settlement is an open-air museum of Sfakian folk architecture. 

It is one of the most fascinating gorges in Crete. Endemic plants grow on the walls of the gorge providing a colorful palette, while rare birds are often seen nesting on the cracks of the walls.

The hike starts at an ancient stone path and ends with a swim at the beach of Marmara, where we also enjoy a traditional meal prepared in a wood stove.

Prepare yourself for a unique sight: an abandoned village on the edge of a narrow and deep gorge. The ancient
city of Aradin flourished during the Roman, Byzantine and Venetian times.Having its own coin, it was autonomous and prospered until the 1770 revolution of Daskalogiannis, when it was utterly destroyed by the Turks. In 1947 the village was deserted due to a vendetta and today it is populated by only 3 inhabitants.

Up until a few years ago, in order to visit the village you had to go down a twist-and-turn kalderimi and then go up again in the opposite side. Aradena bridge was only built in the 1980’s connecting the two sides and subsequently a road to Agios Ioannis was built.

You will also see the byzantine church of Archangel Michail. Holding a sword, Archangel Michail protected brave Sfakian fighters in numerous battles. The church was built around 1300-1400 B.C. over the ruins of an older temple.


Please, don't forget:

Hat - Sunscreen - Water
Sneakers or hiking shoes - Backpack - Morning Light Jacket
Swimsuit - Sandals for the beach - Towel