Chania - the prefecture of gorges
If the prefecture of Chania were to be characterized, perhaps the most appropriate appellation would be the "Prefecture of the Gorges" since dozens of gorges traverse the mountainous regions of Chania.
Its most distinguishable feature is its lush vegetation.
It starts from the southern slopes of the White Mountains, north of the abandoned village of Aradena and ends at the Libyan Sea near the beautiful beach of Marmara, a little west of Loutro
Its sides, which are 30-40 m high in some places, converge to leave a narrow opening of 2-3 m giving the impression of a tunnel.
It is a National Park in which one will find rare types of Cretan flora from the cypress and the pine tree to the dittany and wildflowers, while it is also the natural habitat of the wild goat or the Kri-kri
The main portion of the gorge is 6 km long. Through it also flows, at some parts directly besides the street, a brook which supplies the vegetation with water and cares for a very beautiful background not only in springtime.
There are many other smaller but less well-known gorges whose beauty is comparable to that of the larger ones such as the gorge of Tripiti, Klados, Eligia around Samaria, Katre, Asfendou, Agios Nektarios and Kallikrati in Sfakia, Rokka and Polyrhenia in Kisamos, Boriana in Karanou and Dyctamos in Keramia, the only one which goes from west to east.