The gorge of Imbros
Walking in the gorge of Imbros
The gorge of Imbros is the second most popular gorge for walkers in Crete.
It is much easier to walk distance is 8 km, total descent is around 600m and the average walking time is about 2.5 hours.
The path is generally easier underfoot.
This is the sort of walk that you could easily walk with children. It also would not need to take a whole long day.
The gorge is open all year round.
This makes it especially popular in springtime (April).
The path into the gorge starts just below the village of Imbros.
There are several cafés and tavernas (with ample space for parking) in Imbros and the routes to the entrance of the gorge are clearly marked.
Depending on where you start from in the village it will take you between 3 and 10 minutes to get to a small house where you will need to purchase an entrance ticket (2 Euro)
From there the path descends gently into the gorge heading south. It is never steep and not particularly difficult (running shoes are good enough for this walk) but as everywhere in Crete, the path is stony so you need to pay attention to where you put your feet.
Because the gorge is fairly narrow (under 2 meters wide at one point!) and has plenty of trees you will have shade most of the time.
The gorge is much smaller in height as well as length and less majestic than Samaria but this also means that at all times you are right next to the slopes and cliffs and have a much better opportunity to see plants and flowers at close range. And there are plenty of interesting flowers to see, especially in the spring.
After around 90 minutes walk from the gorge entrance
booth (2 hours if you walk really slowly) you will pass an impressive stone arch on your right. This is almost the end of the route. After this, the gorge widens a little and after around 15 more minutes you get to the road and the village of Komitades where you'll find quite a few tavernas.
At this point, our driver will be waiting for you to pick you up