Agios Ioannis – Drakolaki Cave – Aradena

Saturday, August 31st – Sunday, September 1st, 2019

On Saturday afternoon we go to Agios Ioannis, Sfakia, where we spend the night in rooms or tents.

Starting from the village of Agios Ioannis, at 768m a.s.l.,  we follow an upgoing trail marked in green-white, on rocky terrain along a ravine. The first small plateau we meet is called Rovithe and then a bigger one follows called Kroussia. The latter one can be also reached through a steep dirt road from Agios Ioannis. From Kroussia, at 1200m, we continue eastwards on a trail not always clear but marked with cairns (stones).

The Drakolaki cave, at 1207m, is one of the longest in Greece. The first 400 meters are accessible but it is recommended to enter only if you have the basic gear and knowledge of speleology and certainly not in rainy weather.

We continue along a ravine that brings us to the upper part of the Araddna Gorge. We cross it until we come across the snake trail that leads us up to Aradena village, where we end our hike.

Leader: Nontas Gkiouzelis  •  Hiking hours: 7  •  Difficulty Rate: 2

Departure: 15.00 from the Archaeological Museum.

Information – Registration: Monday to Friday, 20.30 – 22.30, at the Mountaineering Club Office, 53 Dikeosynis st, telephone number: 2810-227609.

 

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