After a few hundred metres you
reach the entrance to the gorge, where there is a small hut where you must pay
the entrance fee (Ä2 in 2008).
The first half hour of walking is downhill, with the gorge getting narrower along the way. After 75 minutes or so youíll find yourself in the narrowest, most spectacular spot of the gorge.
The walls of the gorge are less than 2m apart and tower 300m above; this area is signposted (see image below). Fifteen minutes more down the gorge is a pleasant resting place.
Some travel books say
drinks are sold here, but donít rely on this information - Last time I visited
was in July 2008 there were no vendors here and not even a water tap. So be sure
to take enough water with you. On a hot day this should be no less than three
litres per person.
If you walk a little further youíll arrive in the village of Komitades on the main road to Plakias. You can also go to Chora Sfakia which has plenty of restaurants and a small supermarket.
The village of Imbros is a charming mountain village with some good tavernas, and home to the starting point of the eponymous gorge. You can reach it by taking the buses going between Chania and Chora Sfakia; there are three daily in the summer. The morning connections are usually packed with hikers.
Komitades, situated at the end of the Imbros Gorge, used to be a quiet village,
but has in latter years thrown itself into servicing the walkers of the gorge.
This has led to a situation where rip-offs are quite a problem. Signs leading
you to the bus stop instead direct you towards an expensive taverna. All of the
ten or so restaurants here have high prices, and the quality of the food is
certainly not good enough. Itís far better to walk on the main road (take the
right turn) for ten minutes Ė youíll find yourself in the centre of the old
village of Komitades. Most the tavernas here are cheaper and serve better
quality food than the ones at the mouth of the gorge.
Warnings: Always take a lot of water. Imbros Gorge is one of the hottest places
on Crete, and the river that flows through it in winter dries up completely in
summer - there is nowhere to fill up your water bottle, whatever your books may
Imbros Gorge has some fascinating flora; the higher areas at the beginning of the gorge has a forest (with oaks, fig trees, almond tress and cypresses), petering out to a few bushes at the very bottom.