Imbros Gorge

Imbros Gorge

  • 6 Hours
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking

Tour Description

Imbros Gorge: Immerse Yourself in the Natural Beauty of Crete 

Imbros Gorge, a place which allows you to experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Crete with our exclusive excursion. This easy 3-hour hike through the second longest canyon on the island will captivate your senses. As you journey through this picturesque gorge, you’ll notice the majestic cliffs and lush, verdant flora. And last but not least, this hike is perfect for families with children or anyone seeking a relaxing outdoor adventure.


Explore the Enchanting Imbros Gorge

Located in southern Crete, the Imbros Gorge is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and casual hikers. The journey begins at the charming village of Imbros, situated at an elevation of approximately 780 meters. From here, the trail gently descends through the gorge, making it an ideal hike for families and those seeking a leisurely adventure. The path is also easy to follow, ensuring a stress-free hike through some of Crete’s most stunning scenery.

As you step into the gorge, towering cliffs that rise dramatically on either side will surround you immediately. Also, you will notice the narrow passageways, carved by millennia of natural erosion, create a sense of intimacy and wonder. The vibrant green flora that lines the path adds to the beauty, with wildflowers, aromatic herbs, and hardy shrubs painting the landscape in a palette of colors.


 A Nature Lover’s Paradise

The gorge is not just a visual treat but also a haven for nature lovers. The diverse plant life provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Additionally, the presence of birds will delight birdwatchers,  as griffon vultures, eagles, and a variety of smaller species make their homes in the cliffs and trees.

The scent of thyme and oregano fills the air, adding a sensory dimension to the hike.
Throughout the hike, there are numerous spots where you can pause, take a break, and soak in the surroundings. Also, small streams trickle through the gorge, and in some sections, the walls close in to form narrow passages that feel almost like natural tunnels. Finally, these moments of closeness to nature create lasting memories and offer perfect opportunities for photography.


Suitable for All Ages and Skill Levels

One of the most appealing aspects of the gorge hike is its suitability for all ages. Thanks to it, families with children will find the trail manageable and engaging, while older hikers will appreciate the moderate difficulty level. The path is mostly downhill, with a few gentle inclines, making it accessible without being overly challenging.
As you progress through the gorge, the landscape changes subtly. Additionally, the initial rocky terrain gives way to softer, more verdant areas where the vegetation thickens and the air feels cooler. This variation keeps the hike interesting and ensures that there is always something new to see around each bend. 



The Historical Significance of Imbros Gorge

The Imbros Gorge is not only a natural wonder but also a place of historical significance. Specifically, during World War II, it served as an escape route for Allied soldiers retreating from the Battle of Crete. The soldiers trekked through this very gorge on their way to the south coast, where they were evacuated to Egypt. Walking through the gorge, you can reflect on this poignant piece of history and appreciate the resilience and bravery of those who passed through these very paths under such dire circumstances.


Unwind at Frangokastello Beach

After completing the hike, you can unwind on the beautiful Frangokastello Beach. Located just a short drive from the end of the gorge, Frangokastello Beach offers a serene and picturesque setting to relax and rejuvenate. In fact, the beach is known for its crystal-clear waters, soft sandy shore, and the imposing Frangokastello Fortress that stands sentinel nearby.
Swimming in the refreshing waters of the Libyan Sea is a perfect way to cool down after your hike. After all, the beach is family-friendly, with shallow areas that are safe for children to swim and play. Therefore, the gentle waves and clean water make it an ideal spot for a relaxing dip.


Discover the Historic Frangokastello Fortress

On the other hand, for those who also love history, we highly recommend an optional visit to the historic Frangokastello Fortress. This Venetian-era fortress, built in the 14th century, offers a fascinating glimpse into Crete’s turbulent past. Moreover, the fortress was originally constructed to protect the area from pirate raids and to serve as a military stronghold.

Walking through the fortress, you can almost hear the echoes of battles fought and lives lived within its walls. Furthermore, the views from the battlements are stunning, offering panoramic vistas of the coastline and the surrounding landscape. The fortress is also associated with local legends, including the famous tale of the Drosoulites, or “dew men,” ghostly apparitions said to appear at dawn during certain times of the year.


Tailor Your Perfect Day

The Imbros Gorge excursion offers a flexible and enjoyable itinerary that can be tailored to your preferences. The initial price covers a 6-hour journey, including the hike and time at Frangokastello Beach. However, if you wish to extend your adventure, there are options to add more activities.

For those who want to spend more time at the beach, additional hours can be booked. You might choose to stay longer to enjoy a leisurely dinner at a seaside tavern, watching the sunset over the Libyan Sea. Alternatively, you could explore nearby attractions or take part in water sports available at the beach.


Practical Tips for Your Imbros Gorge Excursion

To make the most of your Imbros Gorge excursion, it’s important to come prepared. In brief, here are a few tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:


  • Footwear: Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good grip. After all, the trail is mostly rocky, and proper footwear will help prevent slips and falls.


  • Clothing: Dress in layers, as the temperature can vary throughout the hike. Lightweight, breathable clothing is ideal, and don’t forget a hat and sunglasses for sun protection.


  • Water and Snacks: Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially during the warmer months. Pack some snacks to keep your energy levels up during the hike.


  • Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen before you start the hike and reapply as needed. The Cretan sun can be strong, even in the gorge.


  • Camera: Don’t forget your camera or smartphone to capture the stunning scenery and memorable moments along the way.


The Unique Flora and Fauna of Imbros Gorge

The gorge is a biodiversity hotspot, home to a wide array of flora and fauna. The unique microclimate within the gorge supports species that are not commonly found elsewhere on the island. Among the most notable plants are various species of wild orchids, which bloom in the spring and early summer, adding splashes of color to the rocky landscape.

The gorge also supports an array of endemic wildlife. In addition to the birds of prey that soar overhead, you might spot small mammals such as the Cretan weasel or the Cretan shrew. The gorge’s streams and pools are home to amphibians like the Cretan frog, which you can find only on this island.


Seasonal Variations in the Imbros Gorge Experience

The gorge offers a different experience with each season. In particular, during spring, the gorge is a verdant paradise, with blooming wildflowers and the gentle hum of insects. This is the best time for botany enthusiasts to visit, as the diversity of plant life is at its peak.
In the summer, the gorge provides a cool escape from the heat, with the high cliffs offering shade along much of the path. The streams may dry up, but the beauty of the rock formations and the lush greenery remain. Autumn brings a different palette of colors as the leaves change, and the air becomes crisp and refreshing.

Winter can be more challenging due to wetter conditions, but for those who are prepared, it offers a tranquil and solitary experience, with fewer visitors and a chance to see the gorge in a more raw and natural state.


Eco-Friendly Travel Tips

As an area of natural beauty, it’s important to help preserve the Imbros Gorge for future generations. Here are some eco-friendly travel tips to keep in mind during your visit:


  • Leave No Trace: Carry out all trash and leave the environment as you found it. This includes biodegradable items, as they can still take time to decompose and can harm wildlife.


  • Stick to the Path: Stay on the designated trails to avoid trampling delicate vegetation and causing erosion.


  • Respect Wildlife: Observe animals from a distance and do not attempt to feed or touch them. It’s equally important to keep noise levels down to avoid disturbing them.


  • Use Reusable Containers: Bring water in a reusable bottle and pack snacks in reusable containers to reduce waste.



Why Choose Our Imbros Gorge Excursion?

Our Imbros Gorge Excursion is designed to provide a comprehensive and memorable experience. Here’s what sets our excursion apart:


  • Experienced Guides: Our guides are knowledgeable about the local flora, fauna, and history of the area. In addition, they provide valuable insights and ensure your hike is safe and enjoyable.


  • Family-Friendly: The excursion is suitable for all ages, making it a perfect family outing. Besides, our guides are adept at keeping children engaged and entertained throughout the hike.


  • Flexible Itinerary: We offer a flexible schedule that can be customized to fit your interests. Whether you want to spend more time exploring the beach, dining at a local tavern, or visiting the fortress, we can accommodate your preferences.


  • Commitment to Sustainability: We are committed to eco-friendly practices and educating our guests on how to minimize their environmental impact, since we love this natural paradise and want to preserve it.



Book Your Imbros Gorge Adventure Today

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore one of Crete’s most beautiful natural attractions. Our Imbros Gorge excursion offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural enrichment. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or looking for a family-friendly outing, this tour promises an unforgettable experience.
Book your Imbros Gorge excursion today and immerse yourself in the natural and historical wonders of Crete. Let the majestic cliffs, verdant flora, and crystal-clear waters of Frangokastello Beach leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.



The Imbros Gorge excursion is a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty and rich history of Crete. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a family looking for a fun outdoor activity, this tour definetely offers something for everyone. From the awe-inspiring landscapes of the gorge to the relaxing shores of Frangokastello Beach, every moment is an opportunity to create lasting memories. So lace up your hiking boots, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready to explore one of Crete’s most enchanting destinations.  If you’re looking for more excursions, take a look at the excursion we have to offer here


  • Fuels
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Wifi


  • Tickets
  • Beverages
  • Dinner


  • 1Pick up from your hotel or designated meeting point
  • 2Hike through Imbros Gorge
  • 3Visit Frangokastello Beach
  • 4Optional visit to Frangokastello Fortress
  • 5Return to your hotel or designated meeting point