Diktamos Gorge

Diktamos Gorge

  • 6 Hours
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking

Tour Description

Discover Diktamos Gorge 

Embark on an adventure to the breathtaking natural wonders of Crete with our Diktamos Gorge excursion. Located just 21 kilometers east of Chania, this majestic gorge is one of Crete’s hidden gems. It is home to the main tributary of the Kyliaris River, which flows majestically from the White Mountains into Kalyves. The Diktamos Gorge, also known as the Gorge of Katechori, offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the natural beauty and rich biodiversity of the island.


Experience Nature’s Beauty

As you begin your hike through the Diktamos Gorge, you’ll immediately notice the impressive towering cliffs that line your path. These impressive rock formations create a dramatic backdrop, adding to the sense of adventure. Additionally, the lush greenery that surrounds you provides a striking contrast to the rocky landscape, creating a serene and picturesque environment.

Furthermore, the calming sounds of the river accompany you as you traverse the gorge. The Kyliaris River, with its crystal-clear waters, flows gently alongside the trail, adding a soothing soundtrack to your hike. This natural melody enhances the overall experience, making it easy to lose yourself in the tranquility of your surroundings.



Diktamos Gorge offers a Moderate-Level Hike for All Ages

The Diktamos Gorge hike is classified as a moderate-level trek, making it accessible and enjoyable for nature lovers of all ages. Whether you are an experienced hiker or a casual walker, the trail offers just the right amount of challenge. Additionally, the path is easy to follow, ensuring a safe and pleasant journey through this natural wonder.

As you progress along the trail, you’ll encounter a variety of flora and fauna that thrive in this unique ecosystem. In particular, the diverse plant life includes aromatic herbs, wildflowers, and endemic species that are native to Crete. Birdwatchers will also delight in the opportunity to spot various bird species that call the gorge home.


Delight in Local Cuisine

After completing your invigorating hike, the adventure continues with a culinary delight at one of the local taverns in Stylos. This charming village, located in the district of Apokoronas, is renowned for its traditional Cretan cuisine. Here, you can savor a delicious meal prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

The taverns in Stylos offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where you can relax and enjoy the flavors of Crete. Traditional dishes such as dakos (Cretan rusks topped with tomatoes and cheese), moussaka (a layered eggplant and meat dish), and fresh seafood are just a few of the culinary delights awaiting you. Pair your meal with a glass of local wine or raki, and you’ll have a dining experience to remember.


Explore the Scenic Path to Kalyves

For those who wish to continue their exploration, a scenic path along the Kiliaris River awaits. This natural trail leads you from Stylos to the tranquil beaches of Kalyves. In fact, the journey along the river is a peaceful and picturesque one, with the gentle flow of the water providing a calming backdrop.

Moreover, as you approach Kalyves, you’ll have the view of pristine beaches and the inviting waters of the Mediterranean Sea on full display. Kalyves is known for its beautiful sandy shores and crystal-clear waters, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind after your hike. Here, you can sunbathe on the soft sand, take a refreshing swim, or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning coastal views.


Customize Your Journey

Our Diktamos Gorge excursion offers flexibility to ensure you get the most out of your adventure. The initial price covers a 6-hour journey, providing ample time to explore the gorge and enjoy a meal in Stylos. However, if you wish to include additional activities, such as swimming, dinner, or further exploration, you can easily customize your tour by selecting more hours from the available options.

By extending your excursion, you can create a personalized experience that suits your interests and preferences. Whether you want to spend more time at the beach, indulge in a leisurely dinner, or explore other nearby attractions, the choice is yours.


Tips for a Successful Diktamos Gorge Excursion

To ensure you have the best possible experience on your Diktamos Gorge excursion, here are some helpful tips:


  1. Wear Appropriate Footwear: The terrain in the gorge can be uneven and rocky, so sturdy hiking shoes are essential. Make sure your footwear provides good support and traction to navigate the trail safely.


  1. Bring Plenty of Water: Staying hydrated is important, especially during the warmer months. Carry enough water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the hike.


  1. Pack Light Snacks: Having some light snacks on hand can keep your energy levels up during the hike. Nuts, fruit, and energy bars are good options.


  1. Use Sun Protection: The Cretan sun can be intense, so protect yourself with sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Consider wearing lightweight, long-sleeved clothing for added sun protection.


  1. Respect the Environment: The Diktamos Gorge is a protected natural area, so it’s important to leave no trace. Dispose of any waste properly and avoid disturbing the wildlife.


Book Your Diktamos Gorge Excursion Today

Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on a journey of discovery and relaxation in one of Crete’s most beautiful locales. This Gorge offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and outdoor activities that will leave you with lasting memories.

To book your Diktamos Gorge excursion, simply visit our website or contact our customer service team. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to assist you in planning the perfect itinerary. Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner, or as part of a group, we can tailor the tour to meet your needs and preferences.


Why Choose Our Diktamos Gorge Excursion?

There are many reasons to choose our Diktamos Gorge excursion for your next adventure in Crete. Here are just a few:


  1. Experienced Guides: Our guides are experienced and passionate about the natural beauty and history of Crete. In addition, they provide informative and engaging commentary, ensuring you get the most out of your experience.


  1. Customized Itineraries: We offer flexible tour options that can be tailored to your interests and schedule. Whether you want a short hike or a full-day adventure, we can create an itinerary that suits you.


  1. Commitment to Sustainability: We are committed to responsible tourism and minimizing our impact on the environment. Our excursion follows eco-friendly practices, and we support local communities and conservation efforts. 



This excursion is more than just a hike. In fact, it’s an immersive experience that connects you with the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Crete. From the breathtaking scenery of the gorge to the charming village of Stylos and the tranquil beaches of Kalyves, every moment of the excursion is designed to delight and inspire.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or someone looking to relax and unwind, the Diktamos Gorge adventure has something for everyone. So why wait? Book your excursion today and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through one of Crete’s most stunning landscapes. 

With our excursion, you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime. Discover the magic of Crete and the natural wonder of the Diktamos Gorge – your adventure awaits! Lastly, if you would like to find more excursions in the beautiful island of Crete, check the excursions we have to offer here


  • Fuels
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Wifi


  • Tickets
  • Beverages
  • Dinner


  • 1Pick up from your hotel or designated meeting point
  • 2Hike through Diktamos Gorge
  • 3Enjoy a meal at the local taverns in Stylos
  • 4Take the natural path along Kiliaris River to Kalyves
  • 5Return to your hotel or designated meeting point