The Roza Gorge has not only surprised but really impressed me.
Who would have thought that only about 20 minutes' drive from the tourist places Hersonissos, Malia, Stalis and the surrounding area, could be found such a great excursion.
The ravine is easy to reach by car but also with a scooter and you can park either in a small parking lot or next to the street. This time it is not a dirt road but a good asphalted road. :)
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.
Turn right and keep right. After about 1 km you have reached the small parking lot right in front of the canyon entrance. From now on it is only on foot.
First simply follow the big sign at the entrance of the gorge and then from times to times you will find red direction arrows sprinkled on the rock.
The hike begins on a door, which is usually closed, and leads uphill through a simple path.
You will have to open several fence-doors, please close them again, since they should keep the goats and sheep on the respective plot.
At the beginning, the path is still very easy to walk on and becomes steadily and more difficult in the course of time.
Most of the time you go in the shade and you can observe very well buzzards and eagles.
Also the plant world offers many different flowers, shrubs and trees.
However, the path is quite simple and can be made for young and old, up to a waterfall that does not have any water in the summer. Whoever has climbed the waterfall (about 2 meters high) comes into the more demanding part of the hike. From then on it is partly steeply uphill and you have to hold on to the railings, as far as it is not spilled by rubble drifts.
Children from about 10 years of age can definitely make the ascent with the help of an adult.
The further you get up, the more breathtaking the view! The path is fun and varied and after about 1.5 - 2 hours you have reached the viewing platform and can relax on benches there.
If you do not want to go back, you can simply go to the main street and either go back to Avdou by taxi or hitchhiker.
Whoever comes from above and only wants to run into the ravine shortly, should park a few hundred meters after Ano Kera and can walk about 15 minutes down to the lookout platform.