The Holy Gorge of Agiofarago on the Island of Crete

It was our second day on Crete when Jaclyn and I set out for Agiofarago, the “Gorge of Saints”, which is a rugged 40km (24 miles) from our ecolodge, Eleonas.  With our crude directions and wrong turns we came to the end of the road. No signage, no markers, just an infinity of brush and Cretan terrain washing out into the “Deep South.” Any further and we would have certainly passed Libyan customs!



With a leap of faith we park our car to follow the winding trail. Swaying between colorful vegetation and stray goats



The Chapel of Agios Antonios. Of Christian significance, this 15th century structure lies atop a cave where pilgrims have worshipped since the land was colonized. Outside the monastery you can find an ancient well and a maintained rock garden. Supposedly, within the gorge can be found an ancient Minoan tomb.


Finally, the canyon opens as you hear crashing waves and that unrivaled salty air blows in from the Libyan Sea.



I could spend a lifetime happily lost among these islands of Minotaurs and men.

2 thoughts on “The Holy Gorge of Agiofarago on the Island of Crete

  1. Beautiful photos. I love going to places that are so rich in history…Crete sounds like a great place to admire the scenery and see sites such as that old monastery. Are there any markings where the Minoan tomb is supposedly buried?


    1. I sincerely apologize for the late response here. I’m admittedly a little computer illiterate, though making progress! Ah, Crete, screaming at the world through holistic eyes. What a gorgeous environment. It’s the sort of place in which you feel naturally at home. The perfect environment for the human body. Temperature, vegetation, wildlife, it’s all beyond sustainable. The resources so lush, and history, like you said, rich! I didn’t have the opportunity to find the tombs but I believe that they’re marked, some of them so poorly to have yet been discovered. Shrouded in mystery!


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