The Gorge of Aradena
The Gorge of Aradena
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  • Rainb0w17
    Llangollen, United Kingdom94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loop from Loutro via Anapolis - excellent walk
    I started my walk in Loutro at dawn 6am and went up the path to Anapolis to a kind the heat of the day. The ascent is moderate and straightforward on well marked paths with stunning scenery. 1.5 hours to the Church on the ridge and 2 hours to Anapolis where I stopped for breakfast before pushing on to Aradena where I arrived approx 9:40 and commenced the descent to Mamara Beach where I arrived 2.5 hours later just in time for lunch. The Gorge is simply stunning and I only saw 5 other people during my descent. The ladders are tin hood condition and secure . Whilst I could have walked back to Loutro I chose coupe of bets, a long lunch and a swim in Mamara before taking the boat back to Loutro . An excellent trip. Good trail shoes are all you need at most , take plenty of water as there is none available in the Gorge. Start early and avoid the heat of the afternoon if you can. I see people say its for young people but I am 62 and managed fine !
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Russell L
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    ARDENA GORGE FROM livaniana
    Joined the gorge near Livaniana after walking from Louto. The walk up the mountainside to Livaniana was fabulous but hard work. There was a great walk following blue dots down into the gorge and then the pleasant and fairly straight forward walk back to marmaris through the gorge. Gorge walk fairly easy, but did slip once on one of the steeper descents. Well worth going and was surprised didnt see anybody at all. And there is a good tavern in livanania that doesnt take cash but gave me a free fanta. 😀
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Virginia R
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic but have your wits about you!
    Loved this walk. Previously have done Imbros and Irini which were good prep for this one. Seems this walk is less well maintained as very rough in some places and markings a bit erratic. Free entry and no attendant so you are on your own. Walked down from Aradena village and encountered only about 4 others going down plus a couple of large groups going up. End point of the beach was fantastic. The clearest water for a welcome dip. And a lovely taverna for lunch. We then walked to Loutro (previous experience of walking to Loutro from Chora Sfakion was also good prep as some clambering over rocks required). We then got the small ferry from Loutro to Chora Sfakion. We had parked in Chora Sfakion. The bus was not running due to change of timetable mid Oct. Helpful car park attendant phoned us a taxi. 35 euros to Aradena. Really fantastic experience with our 17 year old son. Having done other gorges with our kids when they were younger I wouldn't want to do this one with younger than teens. We did the stepped path rather than the ladders. Handrail very rickety and path not that well maintained. Husband and son then climbed up the ladders and said they were pretty secure. Also wouldn't want to do the walk if ground wet as the marble would be really slippery.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
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Virginia R
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Loved this walk. Previously have done Imbros and Irini which were good prep for this one. Seems this walk is less well maintained as very rough in some places and markings a bit erratic. Free entry and no attendant so you are on your own. Walked down from Aradena village and encountered only about 4 others going down plus a couple of large groups going up. End point of the beach was fantastic. The clearest water for a welcome dip. And a lovely taverna for lunch. We then walked to Loutro (previous experience of walking to Loutro from Chora Sfakion was also good prep as some clambering over rocks required). We then got the small ferry from Loutro to Chora Sfakion. We had parked in Chora Sfakion. The bus was not running due to change of timetable mid Oct. Helpful car park attendant phoned us a taxi. 35 euros to Aradena. Really fantastic experience with our 17 year old son. Having done other gorges with our kids when they were younger I wouldn't want to do this one with younger than teens. We did the stepped path rather than the ladders. Handrail very rickety and path not that well maintained. Husband and son then climbed up the ladders and said they were pretty secure. Also wouldn't want to do the walk if ground wet as the marble would be really slippery.
Written 22 October 2023
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MegH
Bristol, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
On arrival in Chora Sfakion we were delighted to see that there is now a bus up to Aradena in the morning. It was 2.7 euros well spent for the views alone and the availability of the bus seems to have increased the popularity of the walk down the gorge to Marmara.

It took us 3.5 hours at a leisurely pace though several more agile people passed us. It’s a bit scary in places but we found the most challenging part was the route finding. There are lots of way markers but not always exactly where you need them.

At Marmara there is a wonderful beach for a well earned dip, an excellent taverna and an afternoon boat back to Chora Sfakion (10 euros)
Written 26 September 2023
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Russell L
Cambridge16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Joined the gorge near Livaniana after walking from Louto. The walk up the mountainside to Livaniana was fabulous but hard work. There was a great walk following blue dots down into the gorge and then the pleasant and fairly straight forward walk back to marmaris through the gorge. Gorge walk fairly easy, but did slip once on one of the steeper descents. Well worth going and was surprised didnt see anybody at all.
And there is a good tavern in livanania that doesnt take cash but gave me a free fanta. 😀
Written 4 September 2023
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Rainb0w17
Llangollen, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I started my walk in Loutro at dawn 6am and went up the path to Anapolis to a kind the heat of the day. The ascent is moderate and straightforward on well marked paths with stunning scenery. 1.5 hours to the Church on the ridge and 2 hours to Anapolis where I stopped for breakfast before pushing on to Aradena where I arrived approx 9:40 and commenced the descent to Mamara Beach where I arrived 2.5 hours later just in time for lunch. The Gorge is simply stunning and I only saw 5 other people during my descent. The ladders are tin hood condition and secure . Whilst I could have walked back to Loutro I chose coupe of bets, a long lunch and a swim in Mamara before taking the boat back to Loutro . An excellent trip. Good trail shoes are all you need at most , take plenty of water as there is none available in the Gorge. Start early and avoid the heat of the afternoon if you can. I see people say its for young people but I am 62 and managed fine !
Written 23 June 2023
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markandrew74
Glasgow, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We parked our car at the village of Annapoli and did the walk as a circular 8hour hike. The paths are reasonably well maintained and signposted so we had very limited need for map gps. First part was over the hill to Loutro. Then along the coast to marmara. Both of these were exposed and on rock / screen so hat and trail shoes at least best. We stopped for a swim at Marmara before the walk up the gorge itself. That was better shaded but quite a few large rock to climb over. At the end we went up the ladders which were secure and in good condition. Out the gorge 5 minutes after the bridge and finally a 30minute walk along decent path to Annapoli. Apart from Marmara no place to get water so bring your own. Easily done and well enjoyed by 48,47,19,17 and 13 year olds! Great views and virtually the whole walk to ourselves :)
Written 13 August 2022
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Jiri56
Brno, Czech Republic3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I spent in Greece 1 month and visited many areas from Bulgarian border to Crete. However, one of the most interesting places in Crete and perhaps during the whole trip was the area around Anopoli, namely the Aradena Gorge and southern slope of the Lefka Ori Mountains. I visited 3 other well-known gorges in Crete: Kourtaliotiko, Kotsifou and Imbros, but they cannot match Aradena. Apart from Aradena’s extraordinary scenic beauty and rather adventurous walk, there are also some rare animals and plants there which I could not see in other parts of Greece. Another highlight was trekking in Lefka Ori to Pachnes, the second highest peak in Crete which is in walking distance from Anopoli. Last but not least, I found incredibly hospitable people in Anopoli Rooms and Tavern.
Written 12 March 2022
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Lindac
Crete, Greece9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Great gorge....wild but with a quite good path, in some places you have make small jumps and other parts you have to slide down rocks. When you reach the beach of Marmara the walk was so worth it.
Written 9 July 2020
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ACM007
Sligo, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Walked from Loutro up the mountainside (escorted by Griffin vultures) via Anopolis to Aradena Gorge. Spectacular with only the goats for company. Lots of fun with metal ladders and stone slopes to clamber over. Much better and quieter than Imbros. Recommended for younger, fitter walkers.
Written 5 June 2020
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manosep
Rethymnon, Greece400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The Gorge of Aradaina offers a great experience for every hiker ect.
It's about 7 km long and i think can be walked through in 2hours.
The difficulty is medium. It offers a wild beauty to the traveler with easy
trails but in specific spots it get's really difficult. Climbing is not necessary because
specific ladders are placed and make it easier to pass it through.
You MUST have with you plenty of water and wear necessary gear (shoes) to make it.
Nature at its best.
A very big advantage is that ends in Marmara Beach where you can enjoy a great swim in deep blue clean water. There is a taverna over there that offers great tasteful plates.
I recommend it to everyone. (be carefull it's not for children up to 16 years old - it's dangerous and difficult)
Written 17 November 2019
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TrondAS
Tananger, Norway103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We tracked from Paleiochora to Sfakia, and walked up and down both Samaria and Aradena gorge. Both are amazing, but we prefer Aradena. Nearly no traffic (groups walking down Samaria) and more exciting nature.
Written 6 November 2019
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