The Gorge Planania in the Amari valley is a unique trail, with impressive cliffs, vertical limestone rocks, rock roofs and caves. The trail for relatively experienced and initiated in the secrets of mountain climbing visitors, although the first and easy part of the track is even suitable for children with appropriate physical condition. We did not find it very difficult, you are mostly walking up like on a stone stair, but some parts are very slippery though, so please ware good shoes and also walking sticks are helpfull.
Along the track the visitor passes old and deserted olive tree groves, nicely arranged in terraces, a great variety of endemic and not only plants of Crete (such as Phlomis lanata and Campanula saxatilis), as well as typical trees at its higher parts (Quercus coccifera, Acer sempervirens and Pinus brutia). Impressive cliffs and vertical limestone rocks coloured with extraordinary yellow and red colours from rock dissolution, characterize all the highest parts of the track. Curved into the rock one can find numerous rockshelters and caves across the whole track until the chapel of St Antonios.
The trail “Gorge of Platania” offers a unique experience for the excursionist as it combines the wildness of the Cretan mountains with the rich flora and fauna of the island.