Rouvas Gorge


Zaros is known from the antiquity for the water spring which still provides fresh water. The trip from Heraklion to the Lake of Zaros takes about an hour and a half. The same goes for the return. The forest of Rouvas, in the gorge of Saint Nicholas, is an important ecosystem of holly trees of national interest.


The hiking path starts from the lake of Zaros and it is part of the E4 trail. We follow the path in the gorge of Agios Nikolaos, where we walk along the river bed, which has a lot of water on spring and several waterfalls and ponds are formed. After 2 hours (almost 5 km) we will find ourselves at the enchanting holly forest of Rouvas. At Ai Giannis, we will find a landscaped picnic area. There is a mountain shelter, toilets, benches and a spring where we can enjoy a brief snack.
At this point we will have to decide if we will continue to the location “Dyo Prini”, where we can admire the view to the forest of Rouvas, Zaros and Messara plane, or if we will return to the lake.


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  • Visit Votomous lake at Zaros village
  • Hike through the famous Rouvas Gorge
  • Visit Saint John’s old chappel at the heart of the forest an ideal place for a snack and resting


  • Distance: 12km
  • Hike duration: 6 hours
  • Family friendly: Yes

*The duration of the excursion depends on weather conditions, participants skills and group size.


PricePrice includesPrice excludesWhat to bring
Minimum number of participants, 3 persons
• Certified hiking guide, English speaking
• Free transport from/to your hotel with our vans. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
• Free Wi-Fi
• Snack pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)
•Trekking equipment (trekking poles, backpack) uppon 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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