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Gorge of Samaria

Gorge of Samaria
Gorge of Samaria
 

Samaria Gorge is a national park of Greece on the island of Crete, a major tourist attraction of the island and a World's Biosphere Reserve. It is considered to be the longest gorge in Europe (18km).
The entrance of the gorge is on Omalos Plateau and the descend starts from Xiloskalo. We usually need 6-7 hours to cross the rocky gorge down to the shore. During the walk you will admire a lot of species of Cretan flora and fauna, such as the kri-kris (wild goats). You will also walk through the abandoned village of Santa Maria and 3 km before you reach the exit of the gorge, you will pass through the narrowest spot of the route, the Iron Gates (Sidiroportes), just a few meters wide, but 300 meters high!
You will then reach the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli which is located at the end of gorge. Here you will have quite a long time to enjoy your lunch and swim in the Libyan Sea, before boarding the ship back to the village of Sfakia. A coach will wait there to bring you back to Heraklion in the evening.
Make sure you have your hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and swimsuit with you and join us for an unforgettable experience in exploring the gorge!

 

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