There are a lot of places in Crete which can captivate you with their unparalleled beauty, but relatively few are those which are characterized as “miracles”. One of these is the gorge of Arvi, where there was the sanctuary of Arvios Zeus. This gorge together with the gorge of Ha are of the most beautiful in Crete.
In order to go through it you will need special equipment canyoning, because during the majority of the months in the gorge there are small mountain streams with a lot of water that make your tour even more exciting.
However, going through the gorge is not a walk in the park∙ you need to be very careful. Its beginning is at the pinewood, which starts from the location Konisma and narrows down to the location of Fournos. In the middle, there is a terrific waterfall, which is called Kapnistis, because the falling water scatters around like smoke. Kapnistis is a very impressive waterfall. The river comes into the land for 150 metres and forms a cave. There, you can find V-shaped rocks, which you pass and you end up in the lowland of Arvi.
The region, which expands from the exit of the gorge, bears the lousy name “The donkey’s bottom”. At this point, in ancient times there was a rich source of water that dried out because of the continuous drilling for water suitable for irrigation. Apart from this, the gorge is a dangerous place, which can be crossed only by people who are experienced in abseiling.