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Platania Gorge

Platania Gorge

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.
These landscapes are suitable for the nesting of a great number of birds, mainly raptors. The visitor will came across the griffon vulture colony that fly around the vertical rocks, falcons, wild pigeons and crows. And if lucky he might be able to see the bearded vulture. The wooded vegetation dominates the part higher from the gorge and certainly the visitor will be rewarded from the pictures and the view that will face in front his eyes. Equally variable is the last part of the track that crosses the small plateau with the oak and acer trees and the caves. The area of the Platania gorge has been incorporated in the Natura 2000 network, it is a protected area for the bird fauna, as well as a wild life refuge.
Difficulty
The path in the Gorge of Platania is a moderate and its largest part demanding a good physical condition for the tracker, but very difficult and dangerous along the part that crosses the steep cliffs of the gorge. The visitor should cross this part at its own risk and definetally should be experienced and initiated in the secrets of mountain climbing. Furthermore, this part is not suitable for visitors suffering from acrophobia.