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Prefecture: Heraclion
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This small, quaint fishing village is located on the southerly coast of Crete, approx. 70 km south of Heraklion, 12km from Arvi (eastern) and 12km from Tsoutsouros (western). Up until a few years ago, the village remained untouched by modern life but visitors slowly uncovered its secret charms and since then some recent development has taken place. 

The village itself is made up of two parts, Keratokambos and Kastri, and boasts a long stretch of sand and pebble beach. The road running through the village, runs parallel to the sea and hosts small tavernas and cafenia perfect for watching life go by and in which one can sit and unwind under the shade of the tamarisk trees.

On the right side of the beach is a little harbour where fishing boats are moored and a small selection of tavernas can be found. The village itself offers also a variety of shops.

Keratokambos is an ideal location for those who enjoy going on walks or those with an interest in wild plant life, as well as for those who simply want to relax in the laid back style of Cretan life.

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Portela 2719 hits

Portela or Keratokambos Gorge is located at the south of the prefecture of Iraklion; the canyon starts from Hondros village and its exit is in Keratokambos. It is one of the most dangerous canyons in Greece. Especially after rainfall, visiting the gorge can turn fatal. The winter and the spring it has huge amounts of water in reverse from the rest canyons of the region. The canyon has 25 technical descents and the highest is 30m, the altitude difference between entrance and exit is 340m. It is a very beautiful and yet wild gorge, that’s why it is a legend of the region and considered as one of the most known canyons of Crete alongside with Ha and Arvi.The canyon is intersected by five faults which are responsible for its creation alongside with the gully erotion. 

These faults split Portela into three parts that make the gorge to have great diversity in plants, landscapes etc. Additionally something unique in this canyon is the huge quantities of mud that it contains. Perhaps this is because the appearance of the “Viannos” formation appearing before the gorge. This formation contains large quantities of argil which the waters flow brings into the canyon.The last rappel of the Portela is on rotten rock which makes the canyon to stop its way.

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Kastri 2695 hits

Kastri is located 72 kilometers south of Heraklion and is a small settlement just outside the village of Keratokambos. A destination for those seeking tranquility and relaxation.


Here there is a small harbor serving the whole area. Right next to the harbor there is a small sandy beach with many small trees that offer their shade to the swimmers as the beach isn't organized. In recent years, Kastri has been well developed and offers accommodation and taverns offering amenities to visitors who will choose it for their holidays.