Crete Day 3 — Agia Irini Gorge

For our third day, we moved over to the wonderful small village of Sougia in southwest Crete.  The gorges along the southwest coast can all be hiked one-way with a little bit of creativity and planning.  We are down in this area now to hike what I call “The Big 4”, referring to the four major most well-known gorges of Crete.  The first of these was Agia Irini Gorge.  After securing a ride back to our hotel from the exit point of the gorge, we caught a taxi up to the head of the gorge and began hiking down it.  Agia Irini Gorge lacked the slot narrows which were found in our first two hikes, but more than made up for it with spectacular wilderness scenery.  An abundance of trees and high cliffs were all around us.  It was a very beautiful hike.

A mix of forest and canyon hiking in Agia Irini Gorge
A mix of forest and canyon hiking in Agia Irini Gorge
Steve pictured overlooking the middle portion of the gorge
Steve pictured overlooking the middle portion of the gorge
The lower gorge tightens up quite a bit
The lower gorge tightens up quite a bit but there are no slots