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    Kourtaliotiko Gorge Crete

    Kourtaliotiko Gorge Crete Greece

    The Kourtaliotiko Gorge ( Crete ) , also known as Asomatos, is a gorge on the southern side of the western part of the island of Crete. It is situated where the Kourtaliotiko River flows south between the mountains of Kouroupa and Xiron. The village of Koxare is at the northern end of the gorge. A road runs north to south through the gorge joining Koxare to Asomatos. A small church (Agios Nikolaos) sits within the gorge. There is also a 40 metre high waterfall. There is a specific point on the gorge, about 20 metres from the northern entrance, where you can hear some "claps", like hands coming together. These "claps" are the "kourtala", that give the name to the gorge. They are the consequence of the wind being funnelled through the high caves of the gorge and breaking the sound barrier. The point near the northern entrance is the main point to hear that sound.
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