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Samaria Gorge: Information

Samaria Gorge

The approximately 18-kilometer walk through the longest and most beautiful gorge of Europe is a must for every hiker.
The bus will drive along the north coast in the direction west and after it passed Chania it will follow a mountain road up hill to the plateau of Omalos that is situated at a height of 1250 meters in the mountain range Lefka Ori (White Mountains).
You’ll start your walk at the “xyloskalo”, which means “wooden stairs”. During the walk you’ll descend following a path that consists mainly of rocks and stones and sometimes you have to cross the small stream of water that flows through the gorge.
Half way the walk is the deserted village of Samaria, where once woodcutters and hunters lived. Particularly striking is the point where the gorge is only 4 meters wide (called “the gates”). The absolutely vertical walls, right and left, which are about 500 meters high, are very impressive.
Throughout the entire length of the gorge the flora is fantastic and bird-lovers will have the chance to spot several rare species. The Cretan Ibex, the kri-kri as the Cretans call it, still lives here and it’s possible that you will encounter one during your walk. Just before you reach the south coast the gorge suddenly opens up.
At the end of the walk you’ll arrive at the village Ajia Roumeli, where you can swim in the Libyan Sea and have something to eat in one of the many taverns.
From Ajia Roumeli you’ll travel by ferryboat to Chora Sfakion, where you’ll find your bus at the parking place and it’ll take you back in the direction of your accommodation.
Most walkers need about 6 to 7 hours from start to finish..

Additional Information

To make this walk you should be in good physical condition and have a good health.
Wear strong walking shoes (profile!!!) and socks. Take food (salt), a bottle of water, a cap or hat, sunglasses, a swimsuit and sun lotion with you in a backpack.   
In the spring and autumn it’s advisable to take a (rain) coat with you. High in the mountains and aboard the ferryboat it can be cold.

Entrance fee gorge: 5,00 € / Children up to 15 years: Free.
Boat ticket: 9,00 € / Children up to 12 years: 4,50 €. 

Not suitable for children under the age of 8.

Duration

Full day

Pricing Information

Prices are per person.

Inclusions

1. Escort 2. Transfer

Exclusions

1. Entrance fee 2. Boat fare 3. Lunch 4. Drinks