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Imbros Gorge
Imbros Gorge

Imbros Gorge

Year round
close to Chora Sfakia,Start in Impros or Komitades, Crete, Greece

The basics

Start at the northern end of Imbros Gorge at Imbros village, at around 2,560 feet (780 meters) of elevation. From there the hike is largely downhill (about 1,969 feet (600 meters) until you end up in the village of Komitades, near sea level. At its narrowest point, Imbros Gorge is only 5.2 feet (1.6 meters) wide, with the walls towering 984 feet (300 meters). Depending on the season, you can see wildflower meadows, and pine, oak, and fig trees.

Visit Imbros Gorge independently, or opt for a guided day-tour. Additional stops may include the Castle of Frangokastello and a swim in the Libyan Sea, or the White Mountains and Lake Kournas.

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Imbros Gorge Hiking Day Trip Including Traditional Cretan Snack
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Imbros Gorge Hiking Day Trip Including Traditional Cretan Snack
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Guide Mariana welcoming and generous with information, driver excellent. Great varied day at gorge and beach, loved it.
Andrew_C, Sep 2019

Things to know before you go

  • Imbros Gorge is ideal for hikers, nature lovers, and families with children.
  • Tickets are required to enter the gorge; hold on to your tickets to show at the exit.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, capable of walking over uneven surfaces and loose rocks.
  • Bring plenty of water as there may not be a chance to replenish during the hike.
  • Expect to spend two to three hours on the hike.
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How to get there

Most hikers start at Imbros village. It’s easiest to take a taxi, or drive and park near the trailhead. There are infrequent buses from Chania. At the end of the hike, the options are to walk back to the start, pay for a taxi back to your car, or continue on for another 0.9 miles (1.5 kilometers) past Komitades to catch a bus.

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When to get there

Imbros Gorge is open for hiking year-round. Spring and fall are the best times to hike, with the most pleasant weather. It can be busy in April, as Samaria Gorge is not yet open. Avoid hiking during and after it rains and snows, as there is an increased risk of rock slides then.

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Imbros Gorge During World War II

Imbros Gorge was the main evacuation route for Allied Forces in May 1941. After losing the Battle of Crete, nearly 20,000 troops—mainly from Britain, Australia, and New Zealand—headed south through the gorge to be picked up by ships and taken to Egypt. A monument in Chora Sfakion commemorates these events.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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