Mesonas Gorge – Trekking


Discover abandoned villages, long lost ancient settlements, and the oldest known Olive Tree in the world, while trekking along one of the most picturesque and geologically interesting gorges of the Island.


We set off from Kavoussi village (36 km from Elounda), which is 100 meters above sea level. We then follow an ancient uphill trail that runs along the eastern side of Mesonas gorge.

Mesonas gorge, is a scenic gorge that connects the village of Thripti to the Kavousi area. Walking along the trail, allows us to see an old, abandoned village and admire the unique and beautiful geological features within the gorge. Later, we visit the ancient Minoan settlement of Azoria, where we have a short stop for a few pictures.

Shortly after, we continue upwards following an old aqueduct that leads us to the Plateau of Thripti at 950m. This is the highest point of our hike from which we can appreciate the panoramic view of both the Northern and the Southern coasts of the island. We then hike back to Kavoussi village via an old stone-covered trail, passing by the oldest known Olive Tree in the world (3,250-years-old), where our excursion reaches its end.

We could also take a shorter loop and stop at the historic Olive Tree and ancient settlement of Azoria. Then, taking a dirt road, we can make our way back to the village. Families may use this option.


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  • the ancient Minoan settlement of Azoria
  • the panoramic view from the plateau of Thripti
  • the oldest known Olive Tree in the world


  • Hiking Distance: 7km – 14 km
  • Duration: 6 hours
PricePrice includesPrice excludesWhat to bring
Minimum number of participants, 3 persons
• Experienced, English speaking trekking guide
• Free transport from/to your hotel with our vans. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
• Free Wi-Fi
• Lunch pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)
•Trekking equipment (trekking poles, backpack) upon request
• Private expenses (coffees, alcoholic drinks etc.)
• Anything that it is not mentioned at the “Price includes” list
• Trekking shoes
• Windproof jacket
• Camera
• Sun Screen
• Hat – sun glasses

Designated Pickup area

Pickup from any hotel within the highlighted area


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