Rouvas or Agios Nikolaos Gorge

On the back of Mount Idi (Psiloritis), the tallest mountain in Crete and one of the tallest in Greece, there are two small settlements, Rouvas and Zaros, both known all over the island for their gargling waters. In fact, they have both lent their names to two famous bottled water brands.  

Past the Village of Zaros, there is a lake called Votomou. Mark this point as it is where the path that leads to the entrance of the gorge starts. Twenty minutes after Lake Votomou there is a monastery called Agios Nikolaos. Keep going you will see the entrance to the gorge. You are in one of the most beautiful places in Crete. Its energy will fill you with awe and warmth at the same time. The flora and fauna of the area are rare. Wild Mediterranean herbs on your feet, the magnificent Cretan hawk in the skies. The 15 m tall age old trees will provide shade when the sun becomes too hot. Rouvas Gorge is 4 km long, 2.7 of which are easy to cover, due to the work of the local Forest Service. You should always be prepared though, with proper gear, water, hat etc. On your way to the gorge you will see a few taverns. It is worth trying the trout or the salmon. It is a specialty there. Also the Monastery of Agios Antonios is great for a quick visit. 

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