Kamares Cave and Vorizia Gorge in south-central Crete, Hiking in Crete
Kamares is a village at the southern flank of Psiloritis.
Here starts the path leading to Kamares' Cave, a very big cave
located at 1780 m, under the summit of Mavri (1950 m). It's a steep
ascent taking 3-4 hrs to complete. A great part of it is through a wooded
area with 3-4 springs of water and rewarding views to Messara
plains and Libyan Sea; if the weather is good then you
may see the island of Gavdos far into the sea.
The cave of Kamares became important when a great number of fine pottery
were discovered here during an excavation. The pieces of pottery found
here are very thin and delicate ("egg-shelled"), decorated
with bright colours on a black background. They are dated back at 1700
BC and you can see them in Iraclion Archaelogical Museum.
The gorge of Vorizia (Voriziano)
There is a beautiful gorge descending from Nida Plateau down
to Vorizia village in 4 hrs. It is a wooded gorge and the main
part of the path is on its eastern flank. From the tavern at Nida Plateau
you head south to the only opening between the mountains that you can
see; this is called Poros Milias (apple-tree passage) and is located
east of Mavri (black) summit. The path begins right after this
passage, southwest of the dirt road which leads nowhere.
It is not a difficult walk but it's very likely that you'll have some
difficulty in finding the path, which is not always obvious. In January
1998 I walked the Nida-Vorizia route with the aid of a guide but 2 months
later when I attempted to do it from Vorizia to Nida by myself, I got
If there is a trekking guide with you then a good idea is a circular
route from Kamares to Kamares'
cave, Mavri summit and Nida Plateau, camp there for the night and then
go to Poros Milias, Voriziano gorge and end to Vorizia village.
There is no drinkable water inside the gorge.