Lassithi Ha Gorge

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Location: Ierapetra

Tucked away in the eastern part of Crete is a natural marvel that offers a breathtaking adventure for nature lovers and thrill-seekers. Ha Gorge lies on the western side of Mount Thrypti, and it is located next to the village Vassiliki, 15 km north of Ierapetra in the Lassithi Plateau. This hidden gem is a must-visit destination for those looking to explore the wild beauty of Crete. The name of the gorge comes from the Greek word hasko, which means opening.

Ha Gorge is renowned for its stunning landscape, carved by natural forces. It is 1.5 km long and, at certain points, it narrows to just a few meters making the passage quite challenging. The interior of the gorge is breathtaking with small waterfalls and lakes. Considered one of the wildest gorges in Crete, it is practically accessible only by experienced and well-trained climbers with the necessary equipment.

Known for its untouched natural beauty Ha Gorge is home to a diverse range of plants and animal species. The flora includes rare and endemic plants, while the fauna comprises various birds, reptiles, and small mammals. Adventure enthusiasts will find the gorge particularly exciting.

For those who seek a more strenuous visit, the surrounding area offers numerous scenic spots and trails that provide stunning views of the gorge and the lush Cretan landscape. Furthermore, the picturesque villages of Vassiliki and Monastiraki, located near Ha Gorge, are charming places to explore.

The entrance of the gorge is situated below the Byzantine church of Agia Anna, with an altitude of approximately 370 meters.



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