Agia Irini / Irene / Eirini Gorge
Santa Irene Gorge
Sougia has its own canyon and is a perfect alternative proposal if you think the Samaria Gorge is a long way off.
The Agia Eirini Canyon is part of the European E4 Trail, has been part of the pan-European Natura 2000 protection network and has been designated a wildlife refuge by the Greek Ministry of Agriculture. Furthermore, the gorge is a part of the Cretan wildlife (Kri – Kri) protection, and a refuge for many species of flora and fauna.
Agia Eirini Gorge is located on the west side of the White Mountains, in the province of Selino. It took its name from the village that is built at its entrance and the distance from Chania is 43 km. It is the second gorge to visit after the Samaria Gorge and is a beautiful and enjoyable destination.
It extends to 7.5 km in length and the route lasts about 3 hours. The stream passing through the gorge of Agia Irini ends in the sea and the fairy of the Libyan Sea. The northern entrance of the canyon is 18 km and the southern entrance is 5 km from Sougia.
It is also characteristic that it is visitable for a longer period, compared to Samaria Gorge, and that it is a growing natural resource.