The gorge of Sarakina in the village Myrtos owes its existence, according to the ancient Greek mythology, to the Giant Sarantapicho∙ he leaned over to drink water from the river Kriyio and his beard tore the mountain in half and that’s how the gorge was formed. Kriyios river that flows through the gorge flows out to the seaside village Myrtos. The name Sarakina comes from the Saracens, which is a name often used for locations in Crete.
It is believed that it is most beautiful trekking gorge in Crete. It extends 1,5 km and in this short route the visitor will come across the terrific miracle of the Cretan nature. The walls of the gorge are very impressive; reaching a height of 150 metres∙ in general, special equipment is necessary for anybody who wishes to cross it.
In the gorge of Sarakina there is a great quantity of flowing water all year round, which forms amazingly beautiful waterfalls and a lot of ponds where one can swim during the summer months. In winter, one may cross the gorge but the quantity of water is big and may get wet. It takes about an hour to cross the gorge, going through very narrow points and natural bridges. There are hewn steps to tread on. At the most difficult point of the gorge a big tree trunk has been placed so that hikers can pass with safety. They only thing you will need is a pair of trainers and a bottle of water.
Finally, for those who wish to tour the beautiful, magical gorges of the area there is the possibility of an instructor who comes every April and organizes abseiling up until October.