Knosano Gorge or Saint Eirini gorge

The Knosano Gorge (or gorge of Saint Eirini) is the continuation of Mountain Giouchtas. It extends south of Archanes (Saint Mamas) it runs through Archanes in Kato Milos, where starts the subpart of Knossano gorge known as Sylamos Gorge, after the nearby village. This part is very beautiful with smooth cavernous rocks and huge plane trees, and is easily accessible by car as the road connecting Arhanes to Sylamos runs along the riverbed.

The canyon then reaches the area Miristi, where the biological station of Archanes is located, under the Giouchtas Mountain and continues (along with the road Syllamos - Arhanes) till the beautiful aqueduct of Morozini in the position Karidaki. Near the aqueduct is the ruined church of Panagia Kardiotissa, hidden in tall cypresses and olive trees.

Continuing, the gorge (the road does not pass now alongside the gorge, but turns towards Sylamos) reaches the huge Agia Irini aqueduct in Spilia and continues northwards and it passes near Knossos. It is crossed by the torrent Kairatos (or Katsampas) that is going through Agia Eirini and Knossos and ends at the sea in the Katsambas area. The area of the gorge, which is also named Paradise, has been characterized as a place of particular natural beauty and has been included in the network Natura 2000.