Patsos gorge

The gorge of Patsos is located 8 km southwest of the Monastery of Arkadi in Rethymno. The water of the gorge is poured in the dam of Potamoi. The trekking in the gorge is very easy, since it is managed by the Forest Service.

The gorge offers facilities for picnics, with a spring of running water near the river. A beautiful attraction of the gorge is the cavernous church of St. Anthony in the rocky walls. Follow the trails of the canyon and let the landscape take you away. There is an observation deck for birds in the area.

The name of the gorge comes from the homonym village. Patsos village is located near the foot of the hill of Soros at an altitude of 490 meters, and is 30 km south of Rethymno. Nearby villages are Karines, Spilia and Gerakari. The area has rich vegetation. Vegetation and crops are lush due to the numerous springs of water available in the wider area. The water is of very good quality and runs all over the year.