The gorge of Agia Irini is formed at the west side of the White Mountains, at province Selino. It got its name from the village Agia Irini (Saint Irene) located near the entrance, 46 km from Chania. Its length is 7.5 km and crossing it takes almost three hours. The gorge ends up in the seaside village of Sougia with the clean and beautiful beach, where you can enjoy a memorable swimming in the waters of the South Cretan Sea. The gorge is part of the European footpath E4. It’s south entrance is located 5 kilometers to the north of Sougia. It is listed to the NATURA 2000 protected areas and has also been designated as a wildlife reserve by the Ministry of Agriculture.