Agia Irini Gorge

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Agia Irini Gorge
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The four-hour walk through the gorge takes you through beautiful, uncrowded scenery.
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Koh samui18 contributions
Gorgeous gorge
Sep 2020 • Family
We hiked from the top to the bottom. My wife and I did it with our 2 and 5 year olds. The 5 year old loved it. The 2 year old had to be carried most of the way. It took 3.5 hours with a picnic stop. All rockfall has been dealt with and the way is clearly marked.

The bar at the bottom called a taxi. Wait time was only 10 minutes and cost a was 35 euros for a 7 seater.
Written 18 September 2020
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Teodora T
4 contributions
Definitely not for small kids
Aug 2020
The gorge is beautiful, but for sure not a shady walk, as it was promoted in our travel guide book. We went in with 2 toddlers and the passage was more than 6 hours (3 according to the book). A lot of ups and downs, tiny paths and etc. The taxy in the end cost us 30 euro. Nice place, much shorter compared to Samaria, but still do not recommend to people with no experience.
Written 20 August 2020
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GandS84
Hungerford, UK143 contributions
Great gorge and much less challenging and more peaceful than Samaria
Sep 2019
This gorge is nearly as beautiful as Samaria but shorter and without the long set of uneven steps leading in to it. Its also a lot quieter so you wont be in a long crocodile of walkers. The footing is uneven, particularly where the winter's rain has washed out the path. The cafe at the end is a welcome sight and servers a good lunch. Take a taxi back to the top for about 20 euro, depending on how many go (the cafe will phone for you and put 6 of us together making it only 10 euro each.
Well worth the visit.
Written 26 September 2019
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Brian H
9 contributions
Ironic gorge walk
Aug 2019
A very picturesque gorge walk. Not too strenuous although much is walking over boulders. Many up and down stretches but suitable for the whole family. €2 entrance fee. At the end there is a cafe for well deserved drinks. You can either walk to sougia or wait for bus to sougia then back to the start of the gorge. A taxi back to the start costs €20 to €30. Not too bad even on a sunny day as there is plenty of shade.
Written 4 September 2019
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andrewblaxhall
Nuneaton, UK59 contributions
Beautiful gorge
Aug 2019
If you are looking for beautiful scenery and only a few people this is for you!
Entrance is a few Euro's but well worth it.
Paths are generally good, some clambering and a few detours where the path has been lost to rock falls, but not enough to detract you.
Lots of shade on the way down.
We only didn't go all the way down as we had a car at the top, however would love to do the whole gorge sometime.
Wear good shoes, lots of water and enjoy!
Written 2 September 2019
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Bronwyn_8
Riverside, California8 contributions
Best and most inexpensive way to experience from Chania if you have a car
Aug 2019
This is not an easy walk but it is beautiful and peaceful. I would rate it as moderate. There is quite a bit of climbing over rocks but it is well sign posted. The walk can easily be done in 2.5-3 hours.I would only do this walk from the start and not the other way round. The climb would be very difficult and in this season it is VERY HOT.
Drive from Chania (1 hour) to arrive to start the walk no later than 9:45am. Leave your car at the entrance next to the Taverna. You will exit the Gorge at 12:30pm if you don't stop for more than a couple of 5 minute water breaks. The Oasis Taverna is awesome. That first cold beer is the best I have ever had!
You now have 2 options. You can take an expensive taxi back to the start. I believe it between 35 and 50 euros or you can take a bus to Sougia Beach (1.80 Euros) which leaves from the restaurant between 1:45 and 2pm and gets to the beach at about 2:20pm. There are some lovely tavernas at the beach and the water is beautiful here. While it's a pebble beach, the swimming is wonderful and the beach is not crowded. Beds are 5 euros for 2.
Finally, you take the 6:30 bus back to the start of Ireni Gorge. The only thing of note here is that the departure time is fluid depending on the boat bringing back hikers from Samaria.
This was a fabulous day and I highly recommend it. I have heard the buses only go like this in the summer so it is important to check the bus schedule online
Written 25 August 2019
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Gert M
Putte, Belgium5 contributions
Downhill hike in July 2019
Jul 2019 • Friends
We did this hike with a group of 3. There is a small parking next to a tavern near the entrance. Entrance fee is €2 pp. The gorge has suffered from the landslides last winter resulting in several detours where the path was gone. They are well marked with red and blue dots. Prepare for climbing and jumping some rocks in the dry river bed (which we did not expect but was really fun although it slowed us down a lot). The gorge is full of trees so finding shade is not an issue. It took us about 4 hours in total. Every km there is a small resting spot with benches. The last km sign we saw was the 5km one, after that it’s 2km of rough terrain to the exit. At the exit there is a tavern which arranged a taxi for us to ride back to the start of the trail. We took the ride together with 3 other hikers, total taxi cost was €50. Wait time was about 45 min.
Written 28 July 2019
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Dan6326
31 contributions
Just right
Jun 2019 • Friends
We decided to hike the Agia Irini gorge as it is not as treacherous and crowded as the Samaria gorge. Except for the six people that crossed our path after the first half of the gorge, we had it all to ourselves! We were there end of June. It is a nice hike and most of the gorge is in shade. The ticket booth is about 400m from the entrance of the gorge and it costs 2 euros per person. We hiked from the entrance to the Oasis cafe at a leisurely pace and it took us 3 hours. It was just the right distance and time spent for us,.

We took the 08:45 am bus from Chania in direction Sougia. We were dropped off at the entrance of the gorge at 10:20am. At 2 pm there is a shuttle which drives from Oasis cafe to Sougia. It costs 1.80 euros per person and is a 10 minute drive. We took the 18:30 bus from Sougia to Chania. The bus travel in total cost 14.80 euros per person.
Written 3 July 2019
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yantofram
Framlingham, UK96 contributions
One of the most beautiful places
Jun 2019 • Solo
I got a taxi (€10 from Sougia) to oasis taverna and then walked up the gorge and then back down and just continued down the road back to Sougia. I would say that the walk is less arduous than Aradena gorge (however I walked that one down first and back up afterwards). It took me about 3 hours to walk up and about 2 and a half back down with a further hour or so on the road back to Sougia. The cost was €2.
The whole route is lined with abundant sage plants. I’ve never seen so much! And amazingly pungent too. Starting at 7am much of the walk was in shade and through pine forest. The are kilometre markers to help you know how far you’ve gone withe the total length being 7km each way. There are a couple of organised stopping points with picnic benches and water taps and a set of toilets at half way.
Written 21 June 2019
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Myrlon
Amsterdam, The Netherlands117 contributions
Great hike
Jun 2019 • Couples
We are staying in Paleochora and this 7 km hike was on my wish list as it is shorter walk and less visited than the Samaria gorge. After considering the options of getting there and back (this hike isn’t a round trip), we decided to take our rental car to Sougia. There we asked for a taxi and we were lucky. A taxi driver had just two sports left in his van and he brought us up to the entrance of the gorge for €15. From there we started a beautiful hike. Mainly in the shadow. The surroundings are stunning and the hike various from pebbles to rocks and even wooden stairs and a wooden little bridge. There a many coloured signs along the route so you don’t get lost. We wore old Nike and Adidas sneakers which was fine. Bring some water as the taps along the route aren’t all working. And a snack can be nice too.
A lot of websites saying and I repeat; you can either call a taxi at the end of the gorge (at Oasis tavern) or walk back along the road which took us 55 min to be back in Sougia. Where a rewarding lunch was waiting for us. From the entrance to back in Sougia it took us 4 hours with some short breaks to take pictures and drink some water.
We had a lovely active day and I can recommend this hike.
Written 4 June 2019
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