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Agia Fotini
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Prefecture: Rethymno
Address: Ρέθυμνο, Ελλάδα
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Galos Gorge

 Galiano Gorge is located 6 km outside Rethymno, between Atsipopoulo and Galios village, to the south, up on the hills, it is an idyllic one-day tour for those who like to walk in the country. A real paradise, a place of purifying harmony, beauty and peace, the splendour of nature. 

Did it also happen to you: You have thought to make a Gorge hike on vacation on Crete but the intended route was too tiring or too crowded?

Now if you are near the city of Rethymno, the route through the scenic charming but little-known Galiano Gorge, which yet is not mentioned in any known travel guide, will be exactly right for you.

On the highway in Rethymno, take the exit to Atsipopoulo and follow the signs for University of Crete and Gallos. The village Gallos begins approximately 100 m behind on the right lying campus. Here you can visit a monastery and a chapel. You get to the carefully restored monastery of the Apostles Peter and Paul by following the main road in the village to a place with bus stop, where a sign directs you to the right. After 200 m turn right again. The little road leads directly to the entrance of the monastery.

After the visit take the way back to the bus stop and turn right, towards the Chapel of our Lady. You come through the village centre with narrow streets, old houses and thick walls.

Keep left up the hill at the square with the Chapel; keep right then until you reach a wide asphalt road, where you must turn left again. After approx 100 m, a sign on the left points to the Galliano Gorge. It is a narrow but paved feeder which after 200 meters turns left again and will take you to a crossroad. Here you can park your car. The way leads downhill to the gorge. In front of you is now a hiking trail which seems to be dedicated to the leisure and enjoying nature. Seats are established at particularly promising points seating that invite to rest and examine. They are impressive; the walls with their vegetation. And slightly above is a building to be seen on the other side: the former water mill Saunatsidon. Already on the way there are signs of an earlier settlement, such as for example a deformations hole in a rock with a natural source.The mill itself seems magical enchanted, many parts are grown by plants, but it is still to perceive that it must have been a large installation.Above the mill are remains of a former chapel in a rock niche. It is quite difficult to get up there and obviously no one takes this trouble what is certainly appreciated by the current residents.

Cross the Gorge ground back to the other side and follow the sign to the chapel Agios Antonios. A path leads along the steep Canyon walls with its interesting rock formations. There are also cosy places on its way to the quiet rejoicing. The simple but neat little church nestles on a rock resting on the wall.

When I took this pleasant walk, for that you should quote about two hours, in the late autumn, not a single soul met me. If this is also in the summer, I can not to say, but a nice trip in a charming environment is it anyway.If you then on your way home towards Rethymno would like to avoid the the narrow streets of Gallos, follow the wide asphalt road that leads to the Platia of the village with the well-known bus stop.


Galiano gorge 

Text by Kreta Umweltforum -
Rethymno Prefecture
Rethymno Prefecture 2835 hits

Welcome to Rethymno prefecture, the capital of the prefecture of the same name. It is located on the north Mediterranean coast, between the prefectures of Chania and Heraklion. and consists of four provinces: Rethymno, Milopotamos, Amari, and Agios Vasilios. The province of Rethymno is in the northwestern part of the prefecture. Milopotamos is on the eastern side, bordering the prefecture of Heraklion. Amari is in the uplands, bordering the other three provinces, and Agios Vasilios is Rethymno's province on the Libyan Sea. The main cities of the Nomos are Rethymno, Agia Galini, Anogia, Amari. These two provinces of Rethymno and Milopotamos occupy all the area on the north coast of the prefecture of Rethymno. The entire area is easily reached from the city of Rethymno. The roads in the provinces are good, usually paved, but narrow and winding. The excursions in this area go east and west along the picturesque Old Road between Rethymno and Chania and Rethymno and Heraklion. The construction of the National Road isolated these small villages in the 70s but this adds to their attraction. Hidden among these villages are Minoan sanctuaries, cemeteries, villas, and palaces. Rethymno is an area of traditional villages (Anogia), Byzantine churches, and ancient sites. The Oropedio Nida, one of the most beautiful and historic plateaus in Crete, is high in the Psiloritis Mountains. The Ideon Andron Cave in Nida is reputed to be the birthplace of Zeus or the place where Zeus was raised, according to others. The province of Agios Vasilios is one of four in the prefecture of Rethimnon. It stretches west, from the prefecture of Chania, south along all the coast of Rethimnon to the prefecture of Iraklion. The eastern portion of the province contains the Kedros mountain range with the highest peak at 1,777 metres above sea level. The easiest and shortest road from Rethimnon to southern Crete is through Agios Vasilios. In the area there are ravines, Byzantine churches and pleasant villages that are relatively unaffected by the tourist population moving through them. There are also spectacular views of the bay of Plakias and southern Crete from the road. The Amari Valley, southeast of Rethimnon runs from north to south Crete for 25km. The valley is 400 - 500 metres above sea level. The peak of Psiloritis (2,545 metres above sea level) is on the east and Kedros (1,777 metres above sea level) is on the west. It is a major north - south pass and has seen a great deal of action throughout history. The Amari Valley is a fertile valley where many varieties of fruit trees are grown and a great number of well - preserved Byzantine churches may be seen. The town of Rethymno still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, small Venetian harbour and narrow streets. The Venetian Loggia and the municipal gardens are also some sites that you don't want to miss. Arkadi monastery is a place which reminds to all Cretans and any visitor the struggle for freedom against Turkish conqueror. It is a historical monument which attracts many visitors every year. The town of Rethymno offers great amusements as small bars near the seaside, clubs, restaurants and many small picturesque taverns. People of Rethymno as all Cretans, are very hospitable people and they will try to make you feel like your home. You will also have the chance to taste the delicious local products! There is a mountainous area in the centre of the prefecture, from where you have access to the highest peak of the mountain Psiloritis . Wonderful exotic beaches decorate the prefecture, where you can forget your worries and relax in a luxurious hotel or any accommodation of your taste. There are many Byzantine churches in the prefecture of Rethymno. Some of the later churches have interesting frescoes such as the Panagia Kardiotissa in Miriokefala. The church in Moni Arkadiou is one of the finest examples of Venetian influence on the architecture of the time and the monastery a symbol of the love of and sacrifice for freedom. There are many caves where objects from Neolithic times have been found. More recently, the Cretans used these caves during the Turkish and German occupations.