Kritsa is one of the oldest and most picturesque villages in Crete, at an altitude of 375 m. During the Middle Ages, it was thought to be the largest village in Crete. Kritsa has an extensive historic record with evidence of occupation as early as the second millennium BC. Near the village, three km to the north, are the ruins of the ancient Greek city Lato which was noted as one of the most powerful Dorian towns in Crete, with two acropoleis. Before the entrance of the village is the old Byzantine church of Panagia Kera with unique, in technique and importance, Byzantine frescoes(13th and 14th century). The Kritsa Gorge is located on the route to Tapes or to Lato.
Just before the village the road curves to the right in the direction of the Lato archeological site and to the gorge. Half kilometer further on is the parking place. It is a nice not difficult walk, sometimes need some „rock cilmbing”. Walking till the cache area is about one hour.
The cache is placed next the right side path, where you can get back to the starting place. The path get you to a dirt road and further the minoan path. Please check the waypoints, so don’t get lost.
If you choose the longer walk, continue the gorge one more hour, and get back on the dirt road to the parking spot.
In winter time when the gorge has water you can reach the cache following the dirt road right from the parking place. You will find the start of the minoan path at the waypoint turn 2. after you arrive at the waypoint turn 1 you turn left to the cache area.
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