Sougia Taxi from/to Agia Irini Gorge
Agia Irene / Eirini Gorge
Santa Irene Gorge
Sougia has her own gorge. Agia Irini Gorge is a perfect alternative proposal if you think the Samaria Gorge is a long way off.
Agia Irene Gorge – Natura 2000
Agia Eirini Canyon is part of the European E4 Trail and part of the pan-European Natura 2000 protection network. Ιt is a wildlife refuge by the Greek Ministry of Agriculture as well. The gorge is not only a part of the Cretan wildlife (Kri – Kri) protection, but also a refuge for many species of flora and fauna.
Specific location of Agia Irini Gorge
Agia Irini 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.
Agia Irini Gorge Path
The path 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.
For the entrance of Agia Irene you will pay 2 euros. This money is used exclusively for the maintenance of the path.
Compared to Samaria Gorge it is visitable for a longer period and it is a growing natural resource.
The richness of the forest vegetation is characteristic both in terms of trees (cypress, tropical pine, maple, plane tree, holly, aria). But also of shrubs, phrygans and aromatic plants with predominantly dicτamon. The importance of the Agia Irini Gorge is not limited to its high biodiversity or aesthetic value. But to its historical and cultural identity.
At the position “Polla Spitakia” – “Many Houses” inside the gorge the revolutionaries fled during the Ottoman period. In 1866, about 1,000 women and children used the gorge’s paths to escape from the Turks. For example, the “Figous” trail was the exit from the gorge to the Omalos plateau. You can also visit the Byzantine church of Christ (1358 AD) and the ruined church of Ag. George (1460 AD).
Although the Agia Eirini Canyon is considered an easy path/trail, suitable for children, we recommend you to wear appropriate hiking shoes.
Inside Agia Irini Gorge
The route is downhill, with no particularly sharp points. It is very easy to cross, however there are signs and labels indicating the remaining distance to the exit. Also at the entrance there is a map, which shows the entire route.
Along the Agia Irini Canyon you will find leisure areas with toilets, running water, and benches.
Certainly there is water on the trail, we would always recommend that you carry a bottle of water with you.
Exit Agia Irini Gorge
At the exit of the Agia Irini Gorge, a café-tavern for coffee or refreshing juice awaits you, and on the way to Sougia Beach for about 4,5 km you will find taverns, cafeterias, rooms to rent and small hotels.
Our suggestion is either to start the last part of the journey to Sougia by feet or with our Taxi Sougia . Go for a dinner, coffee or a bath in Sougia Beach and then we will return you to your vehicle.
- It is not so crowded.
- It is small and short.
- The descent is about 500 meters, not 1250. So it’s best for your knees.
- It is open almost all year round, compared with the Samaria Gorge which is open from May to October. However, we do not recommend visiting it during rainy days.
- Most of the route is shady, so you can enjoy it during the summer as well.
Do you want to visit Agia Irini Gorge with our luxury vehicles of Sougia Taxi & Minivan Services? Choose your pick up point and we will transfer you to the north or the south entrance of Agia Irini Gorge. Just Call us on the phone or send us an e-mail from the contact form or text us through messenger.
With your own or rented car or motor:
If you have or rental car or motorbike, you will drive to one of the 2 entrances of the Agia Irini Gorge. After that you will leave your vehicle at the free parking area. Then we will wait for you at the other entrance with our Taxi Sougia. At the end we will drive you with safety back to your vehicle. We can also transfer you to Sougia and then we will return you back to your vehicle.
We will provide you the best and luxury Sougia Taxi service from/to Agia Irini Gorge or your vehicle. Book now our Sougia Taxi either by calling us on the phone or sending us a message through our contact form. Our polite staff will be glad to give you further information and answer in every question you might have.