The Gorge of Milonas starts between the villages of Agios Ioannis and Schinokapsala, at an altitude of 500m, and ends 7kms down at the beach of Kakia Skala. It’s not possible to walk the entire gorge, because of the waterfall(s), but from the beach up you can walk to the waterfall of Milonas. The waterfall is 40m high and lies at an altitude of 300m.
In winter/early spring there is more water and another waterfall forms next to the big one making it more spectacular than in summer. But even in summer it’s a nice place to go, although it can be hot walking up there. At the bottom of the waterfall is a small pond, surrounded by rocks, making it a nice place to cool down after the walk if the weather is warm. Go on a weekday, early in the morning or later in the afternoon and you don’t meet anyone else. Nice place for a visit before (or after) going to one of the beautiful beaches around, like Agia Fotia or Galini beach.
How to get there:
Driving east from Ierapetra, on the road to Makrigialos, after passing Koutsounari and the big Kakkos Bay Hotel, you come to a serpentine bend. In the middle of the bend, on the left side of the road is a sign ‘Milonas Waterfall’. Follow the dirt road up, which is accessible for all cars, until you come to a sign again.
There you can park your car, and follow the path for about 20 minutes up to the waterfall. The path is clearly marked and climbs up for about 10 to 15 minutes. It follows a concrete ditch, now empty, that was build in the 60’s to carry the water from the waterfall. You can also walk all the way up from the beach, following the riverbed, which takes about 1,5 hours. The view towards the Thrypti mountains is beautiful from here.
Waterfall of Milonas