This Sunday we went trekking to a pretty little gorge in the heart of Rethymno in Crete. Patsos Gorge or the gorge of St. Antonios, named after a small chapel laying on its entrance (see photos below), is a considerably short gorge of approx. 5 km but with a unique natural beauty and richness. Despite its short length it is inhabited by more or less 24 species of animals (11 of them are protected), 16 species of birds (8 of them protected) and 80 species of plants and caves to its extent.
The scenery was very autumn like and we were really pleased to walk through its shady and cool path despite the overall hot weather. After we exited the gorge we drove a few kilometer to the coastal village of Panormo where we completely switched our mood into a very typical summer August sea o' sun bathing. And that's exactly what I love about Crete; the inexplicable variety of moods and scenes that lay in front of you in a harmonious and definite sequence.
P.s. See more photos of Patsos Gorge on my flickr.
Photos by Eleni Psyllaki for Grecian Paradise.