The Holy Gorge of Agiofarago: Travel the Greek 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 sense of directions and wrong turns we came to the end of the road.

No signage, no markers, just a dark expanse of sea.

But sure enough, an old footpath.

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With a leap of faith we park our rental and descend down the overgrown footpath, follow the winding trail. Swaying between oleanders and stray goats

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The Chapel of Agios Antonios. 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.

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Finally, the canyon opens. Crashing waves and that unrivaled salty air blowing in from the Libyan Sea.

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I could spend a lifetime, drunken on the sea breeze, lost among these islands of Minotaurs and Men.