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Platania Gorge – Gorge of Vultures

The Platania Gorge in the Amari Valley is a unique path with impressive cliffs and vertical limestone cliffs with caves, some of which are home to griffon vultures.
The entrance is a bit hidden in the curve, you will see a sign behind the fence. Most of the path leads uphill over stone steps, some parts are very slippery, sturdy shoes and physical fitness are required. Partly a steep ascent on the slope, therefore not recommended for people with a fear of heights.
From the St. Antonios chapel, you have a great view of the landscape, which stretches up to the top of the Psiloriti (but that’s still a long way!). The way back leads over a flat surface to the street and back to the village.

One of the rare and endangered species is the Bearded Vulture or Gypatetus Barbatus. Crete where the bearded vultures live all year round is one of their last refuges in Europe. The many inaccessible cliffs are ideal for raptors such as these Griffon Vultures and in the Platania gorge, you will be able to admire the king of the Cretan skies.

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