Nature

Canyoning

Where no man has set foot before

Crete, with its high-relief landscape is a paradise for canyoning, a term that means exploring gorges using alpinism techniques.

This sport can be practiced in Crete even in winter, as there isn’t much rain and the temperature remains mild.

Crete's Geology

The Geology of Crete

Geological surveys have shown that Crete, like the rest of Greece and the neighboring Turkey, lay for millions of years at the bottom of a vast sea that geologists call Tethys.

Around 30 million years ago, the Tethys seabed began to rise and a vast land mass, named Aegeis by geologists, gradually emerged where present-day Greece, Turkey and the Aegean Sea are today. What is now Crete was formed on its southern edge.

Gypaetus Barbatus

Interview with Gypaetus Barbatus : "I love to fly high"

We met at the Samaria Gorge.

It was just before an important snowfall, so it was quite difficult to get there. The great eagle, one of the last of his kind, was sitting on a rock, Rooted to the spot, lofty, imposing, he was proudly gazing the mountains of Crete, his home…

Tafkos Cave

In the Depths of the Earth

Over 3,500 caves have been recorded on Crete since 1962, when the late eminent Eleftherios Platakis founded the local department of the Hellenic Speleological Society. Of those 3,500 caves only 850 have been explored.

However, during the last twenty years, the Cretan speleologists have been very active and fortunate at the same time.

Agios Antonios Cave

Agios Antonios - the cave of the saint

The cave of Agios Antonios near the village of Patsos also represents a place of dedication as has been proved by archaeological research. It was used as an important centre of worship from the Late Minoan up until the Roman period.

Sfentoni Cave

Sfendoni - the cave of stalactites & stalagmites

The cave of Sfendoni near the village of Zoniana in the district of Mylopotamos (47 km from Rethymnon in the direction of Perama - Axos) displays 14 halls, richly ornamented with stalactites and stalagmites.