When you arrive at the square of the historical and picturesque village of Patsos , you will enjoy a traditional treat of Mrs. Maria, the owner of the traditional Patsos Taverna (operating since 1933). Next to the Taverna is the village fountain with spring water. Five minutes down the road, we arrive at the byzantine church of 13th century A.D. We continue enjoying the mosaic formed by the contrasting colours. After 1.5 km we stop at the cave chapel of St.Antonios. Here, Hermes was worshiped thousands of years B.C. The beauty is truly wild with rich flora and fauna. As we hike, we will cross 2 wooden bridges and ladders to assist us. After about 2 hours, we arrive in front of another magical landscape. It is a huge lake surrounded by tall and shaded trees. After enjoying the fantastic water lands, all your senses will be stimulated. There are more optional hikes or we can drive back. At the end of the tour we return to Maria's Tavern, to relive the dream once again of delicious, organic traditional dishes of fresh vegetables, meat & virgin olive oil all produced in family fields. NOTE:The water level at this time is still high making it impossible reach all the way to the lake by foot but we can complete the majority of the gorge and enjoy the spectacular cliffs, soaring birds and beautiful wild flowers.
I was born and live in Patsos, a picturesque and historic village in Rethymnon, Crete. I served in the Hellenic Special Forces for 23 years ( Lt. Colonel retired ),graduate and certified of all schools, such as parachuting ,climbing and diving. I also have a keen interest and lots of knowledge about historical and cultural events. All the above, in combination with the genuine and lively Cretan hospitality, the real Cretan food will take you back to the taste of our grandmothers. If you want to see, feel, taste and touch the REAL Crete...you must visit Patsos and Patsos gorge.
Delicious traditional dishes including fresh vegetables ,meat, virgin olive ,all organic produced in family fields.
we will welcome you with a traditional treat from our local Cretan kitchen.
We start from the village fountain with clear and cool waters .Walking through the magical landscape we will be able to see the Byzantine church (14th century A.D), the old cave chapel of St. Antonios which is pinned under towering and imposing cliffs .Then,we cross the incomparable natural beauty of Patsos gorge, following a perfect path. At the end we enjoy the unique spectacle of a huge lake feeling an incredible euphoria and self confidence.
You will need solid footwear, water, hat Sunglasses Sunscreen and wear comfortable long trousers.
An "Escape to Patsos" is always a family and warm setting, which feels like-at-home miles away and its a pleasure to find for my friends every time new things for this experience!
Discover Patsos Gorge with a guide.