Empasa Virgin Mary gorge
This ravine is located just before the Roza's Gorge. It is therefore easily accessible from Hersonissos, Malia, Stalis and the
surrounding area. Prerequisite is of course a rental car or scooter since the bus connection is not really good.
The access is via an asphalted road and you can park right under the gorge entrance under 2 huge walnut trees.
If you are coming from the New National Road (called E 75 in Google), take the exit for Hersonissos / Kastelli and then follow the road towards Kastelli (the place where the new airport is to be built).
The road winds its way through the mountains, past the AquaPlus (one of the two water amusement parks in Crete) to a turnoff where you continue straight on towards Potamies, Sfendili and Lasithi.
The road continues straight ahead. Those who need to buy drinks or food for the trip have the opportunity to do so at Potamies' s entrance. Continue along the Aposelemi dam and lake, past the abandoned village of Sfendili until you reach Avdou.
At the end of the village there is a little signpost with the inscription: Rosa's Gorge.
There turn right and follow the road until you reach a small crossroads. There you turn left, next fork to the right and then you are almost at the beautiful small parking lot with the fig and walnut trees. If you come late August or early September, you can sit comfortably in the shade and enjoy the delicious figs and nuts.
Like most hiking trails, this begins with the opening of a fence.
You go on a creek bed, dried up in the summer, along to a croach. From there you can either climb up the gorge but it is very difficult and dangerous or you turn to the left and follow the road with the red arrows which is a little more comfortable.
The path is rather unspectacular and rather boring. Since the ravine is not very well-known, and probably not very frequent, it is not well groomed and often blocked by fallen trees or
After about 1 kilometer finishes the well-developed part of the hiking trail and it continues only on trampling paths of goats. One struggles uphill through dense bushes and often you will desperately search for the red arrows which lead the way. When you have almost reached the top, a fence, without an opening mechanism, blocks the path. This can be overcrowned, but due to the rusty wire I do not recommend it.
On the other side you are in an olive grove which leads over a curved road further upwards. If you continue to the left, you will come to a small church with a beautiful view into the gorge.
If you want to walk a little, collect walnuts or figs, you can go for a short hike in the beginning of the gorge. No spectacular views, no highlights ....
We then tried to walk back through the river bed as we did not want to return the same way.
It was a great but very dangerous experience where you had to climb a lot or jump over rock columns. If you are looking for a little adventures, then choose this route!
I have some impressions here!