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A daily guided trip to Agiofaraggo beach, a secluded splendour. Even if you wish to find spirituality, climb some steep rocks or simply enjoy nature, then you found the right place!
- Small Group
- Full Day
- Trekking & Hiking
- Rock Climbing
This is a must hike (suitable for families too) if you are staying in or close to Heraklion town or region which combines a short and easy hike with swimming and snorkeling.
The gorge is bounded by rising huge vertical rocks at its right and left sides, where there are many caves. Agiofarago is very scenic and picturesque, accessed only on foot.
The place is isolated, wild, and rugged. All this with the fact that it is too far from populated areas made Agiofarago the first center of ascetic life not only of the region but of the whole Crete, in the earliest Christian times.
Going down the gorge and about 3 minutes before the beach, you reach the church of Saint Anthony (Agios Antonios) which was the center of the asceticism of the area. The church of Saint Anthony is believed to have been renovated three times to get its current form.
Even if you wish to find spirituality, climb some steep rocks, or simply enjoy nature, then you found the right place!
There are two ways to access Agiofaraggo. The first and most popular one starts from Odigitria Monastery and ends at the beach crossing the beautiful gorge.
The second one starts from Kali Limenes and ends at the beach crossing a marvelous coastal path.
You will not be disappointed with either of the above routes, both are great. The first one will allow you for a short break at the Monastery of Odigitrias while the second one offers a great view of the sea all the time.
The monastery of Odigitria is a monastery of great importance and historical value and one of the oldest in Crete. It is located at the west edge of the Asterousia mountains at an altitude of 250 meters just 2km before the starting point to Agiofarago.
The monastery was built like a fortress and part of its wall is still visible. The buildings of the complex surround the central two-aisled church of the monastery, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the Apostles Peter and Paul. There was a third aisle, dedicated to St. Fanourios, but it has been demolished.
As the group approaches the gorge a small church of St Antonios surrounded by the rocks of the gorge as can be seen from the highest point of the route from Kali Limenes to Agiofarago and also from the second route (the one from the monastery).
From that point and 200-300 m at the back and to the left there is the gulf of Vourvoulitis; descending into it is dangerous and requires special attention. Two meters before the water you can dive! Ascending is much easier. For the bold ones, there is the possibility of freediving!
In summer the temperature can be quite high (30-42oC), so you'd better avoid moving in the afternoon. Start walking early in the morning or late in the afternoon. In winter things are quite better with much lower temperatures comparing to summer.
60 euros per person
- Local guide
- Transport to and from Crete
- picnic lunches during the walks
- everything that is not listed above.
- Our trusted partner is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.
We start at 10 am and finish at 3-4 pm. If time changes for any reason you will be notified by email.
We pick up clients from Heraklion and nearby. Many times we are able to pick up clients from other locations as well but it needs to be on our way to the starting point. If you need transport and you are not sure get in touch with us. Remember to send us the exact location of your hotel, not just the name. Transport is provided for free.
We usually don't take more than 6 participants. If you are a large group (more than 10) please get in touch early as we can't arrange last-minute transport for large groups.
The Agiofarago hike offers an easy hike for leverage and fitness level including children. The total hike including the return is about 2-2.5 hours. Participants should be in good physical condition. Experience is not essential.
What to bring
- You will need to pack your lunch.
- Other than that you will need at least 2lt of water, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and a swimsuit if you would like to swim.
- It will be fine to do this hike with normal sport shoes but hiking shoes are much more recommended due to rocky and sharp terrain.
- During winter you will need a waterproof jacket and pants plus a fleece jacket.
The reviews for the Agiofaraggo Day Trip
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Such an amazing day for my family by visiting Agiofarango Beach. We completely enjoyed it and our guide was super good.