Visit Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge

Somaria Gorge, Crete, Greece

The Samaria Gorge is one of the highlights of a holiday in Crete and is an area full of wildlife and flowers. This, according to Greek legend, is where Apollo came after murdering Python and it is the longest canyon in Europe. Most people begin the descent at dawn with the starting point at Xiloskala climbing over boulders and streams downwards where legends of trolls and mythology make the place come to life. In the canyon the old trees are mainly cypress and pine, survivors of the original Cretan forest.

Samaria Gorge

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The old Samaria village is further on with a resting place and donkeys are often used to transport the unsuccessful back. The Iron Gate is another landmark in the Gorge and very steep sided at 3 metres wide and 300 metres to the top. The walk finishes in Agia Roumeli around 18km later and luckily there is a beach nearby to refresh those tired feet and perhaps a beer to cool off. This is a long and dusty climb and proper footwear is essential. Boats from Agia Roumeli go to Hora Sfakion and from there a bus goes to the main resort of Chania.

 

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