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Ha Gorge (Greek: Φαράγγι Χά) is a gorge on the eastern part of the island of Crete in Greece. It is located in the west slope of Thrypti mountain and exits east of Vasiliki village in the plain of IIerapetra. The gorge is about 1.5km long, particularly narrow at several points and has walls rising up to 300m. Its name derives from the verb hasko (Greek: χάσκω) meaning to open or part widely, to gape. Ha is considered to be one of the wildest gorges in Crete and one of the most difficult to cross. Being practically inaccessible to people, the Ha gorge maintains a rich and diverse avifauna.
Richtis Gorge (Greek: Φαράγγι του Ρίχτη, Faraggi tou Richti) refers to a gorge in Crete, Greece (Map of Richtis Gorge here). It is a state protected park near Exo Mouliana, Sitia, eastern Crete (Greece) that starts at the traditional village Exo Mouliana, which is located on the national road between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia and ends at the secluded Richtis beach, just east of the village Kalavros. The hiking trail is about 4 km in length of easy (spring/summer/autumn) to moderate (winter) difficulty. Rich vegetation (mainly platanus trees, wild berries and local flowers and herbs) and animal life (mainly local species of butterflies, small reptiles, birds and small mammals) can be observed along the way, as well as old stone bridges and water mills before it culminates with the Richtis Waterfall and beach, making Richtis gorge trail one of the most diversified hiking experiences in Crete.See images below
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One of the most beautiful beaches in Crete comes in an impressive scenery. To get there, you have to cross Agiofaraggo, an easy to walk gorge with steep rocks, long living olive tree, big caves and daring climbers. The water is clear, the beach has fine pebbles, the rocks welcome diving but the only shadow you can find is either at the bottom of the rock or if you walk in the trees located inside the gorge. There you will also see wild goats wandering around. If you plan on spending the night make sure you have enough supplies, water, food and something warm to wear at night. Bring an umbrella with you because the sun is lethal.
The dirt road that leads to the gorge is relatively easy and besides the clouds of dust you will face no major challenges! Any type of car can take you there…When you turn right (beware not to miss the discrete sign!) towards the ravine of the gorge the road becomes narrower and difficult to drive on. Then you have two options: the first is to leave your car in the first “parking” you will see (normally there will be other cars there) and continue on foot, as after this point the road becomes more difficult to drive on. This means that you will walk about an extra 20 minutes more, until you reach the second “parking”. The first option is also good if you wish to walk more. If you are courageous, you have a 4x4 vehicle or you just trust your car, then you can continue driving until the second “parking” where the route into the gorge officially begins. You may wish to park your car under a tree, but we warn you that you may find traces of goat hooves on your car, as goats might climb on it to reach the tree leaves!
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