Gerani, Crete – unspoilt and is worth wandering

Gerani Beach

The village acquired a degree of fame after workmen building the main coastal highway discovered a cave by the end of the Gerani Gorge containing ancient habitation layers. It’s pointless looking for the cave (which is down by the bay) as an iron gate is padlocked shut across the entrance, but the village of Gerani is worth a visit. It’s possible to drive a small car through Gerani’s narrow streets, but it’s better to park before reaching the old village and walk the rest of the way.

Gerani Beach
Gerani Beach

Although there are some holiday lets down the hill towards the sea, Gerani itself is quite unspoilt and is worth wandering through for half-an-hour or so. There are a few little shops as well as tavernas for those wanting to slake their thirst and a path leads down to the little gorge, where there is a pleasant walk towards the south (the section towards the sea is blocked). It is possible to emerge from the gorge on a path to Vederi and then take another old track to Metoxia, but in practice it is impossible to find these paths without knowing where they are. So after admiring the flowers in the gorge for a while, it is best to retrace your steps and return to Gerani.

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