HA Gorge Entrance.


This is how you can reach the entrance of the Ha Canyon.

As you are coming from Aghios Nikolaos and pass Pachia Ammos to Ierapetra, you will finf a left turn to Ha Canyon and Monastiraki Village. There you turn left. Then you go straight till the end of the road, where you turn right. You continue till a huge building. If your car cannot continue in the offroad path you can park it there on your left and walk till the entrance (aprox. 350m). Else you want you can continue with your car another 150 meters till the little church of Holy Spirit. You will park your car there an continue on foot. There is a little path left of the little church that goes to the entrance of Ha Canyon.

Ha Gorge is a canyon on the eastern part of the island of Crete in Greece. It is located in the west slope of Thrypti mountain and near of Monastiraki village in the plain of Ierapetra. The gorge is about 1.5km long, particularly narrow at several points and has walls rising up to 300m.

Its name comes etymologically from the verb "khasko", which means to form a gap, an opening and is found in other gorges. An interesting folk tradition connects the name of Ha with the name of the village "Gras", the current settlement of Agios Stefanos.
According to local tradition, the Saracens once tried to capture the fortress of St. Stephen. Unable to understand, they arrested an old woman and asked her to show them the secret entrance to the fortress. Their old woman led deep into an abyss and came down first with the Saracens following. When they came down to a point where there was no turning back, he told them, "Get out of here again," and the panicked Saracens fell into the void. They also dragged the old woman, who began to laugh as she watched her purpose come true. This abyss was transported by the ravine of Ha, so the people of the area heard the "Ha, ha, ha" of the old woman, giving the name Ha.
According to a second tradition, the name comes from the story of a shepherd at the exit of the gorge who shouted "Ha ha" to his sheeps to get up and the sound echoed.

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