Avlaki Gorge in Chania, Crete
Avlaki Gorge is located near Gouverneto Monastery, 16 km to the east of the city of Chania. This is one of the most important gorges in Crete of religious significance,where monks found refuge in the caves of the gorge. Inside a small canyon Avlaki is the famous monastery Catholics, perhaps the most ancient religious temple on the island of Crete. In association with the monastery, the valley is also sometimes called Catholic.The route starts from the monastery of Gouverneto and advances to the Catholics. The hiking trail runs from the top and sides of the gorge, walking is easy enough, to climb the mountain, but such intervals is very short. After a ten-minute walk from Gouverneto Monastery on the way you meet Arkudiotissa cave, inside which an ancient temple built in honor of the goddess Artemis. Then the trail leads to the abandoned monastery of Catholics and Church of St. John, who once lived here. The cave is very deep (151m), and if you decide to move inside, should carry a flashlight. From the monastery road leads along the channel and out of the canyon to the sea.