Kotsyfos Gorge

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About Kotsyfos Gorge

The gorge of Kotsyfos starts at Kannevos village and ends at Plakias. The starting point is very narrow with a width of about 10m, which gradually increases and reaches 600m. The total length is...

The gorge of Kotsyfos starts at Kannevos village and ends at Plakias. The starting point is very narrow with a width of about 10m, which gradually increases and reaches 600m. The total length is 1800m, and the almost vertical sides that reach a height of 600m. Inside the gorge there is a small temple built inside a rocky cavity dedicated to Saint Nicholas.

Starting from the village Kanevos you can start hiking on the riverbed and reach the bridge that connects villages Selia and Myrthios (after about one hour of course). Along the way there are large boulders that block the passage, but with a little attention you can overcome them. At one point the side-gorge of Boutsinas meets Kotsyfos with an impressive waterfall of 20 meters. In summer the riverbed is dry.

At the location of the bridge that heads to Selia, the canyon gradually turns into a wide valley. You can continue your course in the bottom of the gorge, along the riverbed. After meeting a modern temple, after 3-4 minutes you meet a dirt road that heads backwards (opposite the flow of the river). If you follow this road in a few minutes you will meet the springs of Kotsifos where a pond is formed (surrounding villages get water from here). From here onwards, the river has water flow throughout the year emptying on the beach of Plakias.

You can go back and continue your journey. Alternatively if you want something more extreme, you can follow the route of water to Plakias while playing in the river, but the oleanders and osiers are very dense and hinder trekking.

After returning and walking at the side of the bed, you soon meet the Mill of the French, a stunning old water mill which has been converted to house by a French guy. After a short time you find the equally impressive mill of Vavourides, an old stone bridge and just opposite the cavernous church of St. Onoufrios. A few meters later there's another watermill. The course to Plakias from there is easy.

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