Kourtaliotiko - the "crackling gorge"
Kourtaliotiko Gorge is formed by the steep sides of the mountains Kouroupa and Xiron. Its imposing entrance is near the village Koxare a place named "profarago".
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Inside the gorge flows the river megapotamos or kourtaliotis or massalias, which collects water from the valley of Agios Vassilios and Spili.
Approximately half way through the gorge and on the left-hand side of the road from Koxare to Asomatos are steps, which lead down to the bottom of the gorge and to the chapel of Agios Nikolaos. The gorge ends at the lagoon of Preveli creating a river surrounded by palm trees.
The strong winds make the steep rocky walls whistle, and sweep small stones that tumble and crackle. This noise gave the name "kourtaliotiko" (=crackling) to the gorge. A little before the exit of the gorge is a small waterfall, about 40 m high. The water comes out of five points and flows all year around.
“According to a legend those five springs were made from the imprint of the fingers of Saint Nicholas, an ascetic who was born in the nearby village Frati and used to live there years ago, on a rock. This miracle happened because the ascetic had no water and was about to leave the place. In memorial to this Saint, which is celebrated at September 1st, the local people called the spring "evlogia kyriou" (Lord's blessing) and built a small chapel a little further from that spring.” S.Spanakis