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Agios Antonios
Category: Gorge
Prefecture: Heraclion
Address: Asites
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Agios Antonios

In the municipal district of Ano Asites, Gorgolainis Municipality, 26km far from Heraklion City, there is the E4 European Mountaineering Path passing right through Agios Antonios gorge, leading to a very beautiful location with dense forest plantation called Prinos on an altitude of 1100 meters. The gorges of Agios Antonios and Agios Charalambos are ideal for naturist walks and excursions. Agios Antonios gorge is located east of Ano Asites village.

In its mouth there is a homonymous church devoted to St. Anthony. There are eighty different flora samples according studies of the European Union, four of which are threatened by extinction. There are also twenty-four different animal species eleven of which are protected.

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