Visitors come to Crete for many reasons – the climate, beaches, welcoming hospitality, the ‘Mediterranean diet’ of wonderful taverna food, spring flowers, and for walking, especially through the spectacular gorges, which vary in difficulty from an easy stroll to technically demanding, requiring climbing equipment and expertise.
I’ve no idea how many gorges there are in Crete, and I doubt whether anyone knows exactly, though I’m sure the number must be well into triple figures.
The most easterly is ZAKROS – the “valley of the dead”, with ORINO, the “butterfly gorge”, also in the far east. Close to Sitia and Ag. Nikolaos are CHA and KRITSA gorges, with ABA and ARVI to the south, near Agia Galini.
East of Sfakia are IMBROS, ASFENDOS, KALIKRATIS and SFAKIANO, and to the west, between there and Agia Roumeli, are ILINGAS, not to be confused with the more difficult ELIGAS gorge, ARADENA and the ever-popular SAMARIA…..
Moving west, towards Sougia, are TRIPITI, KLADOS and KERATIDIA, with KAMBANOS,
AGIA IRINI, PRINES and FIGOU all inland.
In the Paleochora area are the SPINA, ANIDRI, PERDHIKI and ROPANAS gorges, and in west Crete are ROKAS, TOPOLIA, MESAVLIA, also known as DELIANA, SASSALOS and KALOGIROS, with KAMBOS gorge (see ‘Explore’ October 2013) the most westerly.
Of these 36 gorges, 32 can be found in the wordsquare, vertical, horizontal or diagonally. When you’ve found them, 26 letters remain unused. Circle these, then read left to right, top to bottom, to spell out another three.
Which is the one remaining gorge?
Pop your answer and details in the form at the bottom of the page. The prize is a free copy of the Explore! book (or a gift voucher if you have already bought it) Winner will be drawn from a big cooking pot at The Old Schoolhouse Cafe in Anidri on 1st January 2014 by the nearest beautiful assistant (probably Emily). Good luck!