The gorge of Saint Charalambos is a small, but beautiful canyon located south of village Ano Asites. It takes its name after the church of Saint Charalambos built below the rock near its entrance. Till the middle of spring, the gorge has water, forcing hikers to traverse (to hike along its walls) and avoid the riverbed. The gorge stream transfers water from the valley east of Prinias village to the gorge of Agios Antonios and lately forms the river Xeropotamos, that ends on the beach of the Pancretan Stadium in Heraklion.
Starting from the chapel of Agios Charalambos, located in a huge rock shelter, we descend along the river, where beautiful ponds are formed. Looking up, we see the towering walls with enormous caves. The gorge exit has very narrow passages which in winter forces us to traverse along a trail. In contrast, in summer you can walk in the riverbed, but you should pay attention not to twist your leg.
Photo: Alexandros Roniotis