Imbros Gorge

Imbros Gorge

The Imbros Gorge is one of the most beautiful and famous gorges of Crete.

It is located near Chora Sfakion in Southern Crete.
Imbros is the third most popular gorge in Crete, after the Samaria gorge and the Agia Irini gorge, being also part of the European path E4.

The length of the canyon is 9 km and the journey takes about 2.5 to 3 hours.
The ease of descent and crossing as well as of the gorge, make it ideal for families with children.

The gorge starts from a small plateau just below the village of Imbros, 700m above sea level and ends at the village of Komitades, offering a wonderful view of the Libyan Sea.
The initial part of the gorge, which is quite open, is called “Porofarango” or “Porolagos”.
It is a canyon with a rock formation, narrow in some places and has a wide variety of wild vegetation and trees that literally grow through the stones and rocks.

narrow point of Imbros gorge

Crossing the gorge, the visitor comes across the "Aeroplano", the spot where a German plane crashed during the Second World War. Further along the route, it meets "Stenada", the most impressive point of the gorge. It is the narrowest point where the canyon walls are less than 2 meters apart while their height reaches 300 meters.

 the narrowest point of Imbros gorge

Immediately afterwards is the "Mesofarango", a resting place, where there is a Venetian water cistern.
After an impressive narrowing at the Gremnaria site is "Xepitira", a stone arch that is the hallmark of the gorge. Continuing the path and after some narrow passages, he reaches the exit of the gorge where there are some taverns.

 a stone arch that is the hallmark of the Imbros gorge

The gorge is usually open all year round.

For those arriving in Imbros with their own car, they can leave it there, cross the gorge and return to it by taxi from Komitades.

Spring is a really great time to cross the Imbros Gorge because there are lots of flowers, but keep in mind that April is also the busiest time of year for the Imbros, as many tour operators can't offer a tour of the gorge of Samaria (which is generally closed to the public in April) come to Imbros.

Inside the gorge there are no springs for this and you should have water with you.


  • If you take the taxi from the exit of the canyon, agree the price of the ride with the driver in advance and find other interested parties to share the costs.