General

 

In the heart of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) and at an altitude of 1140 meters (3740 feet), lies the plateau of Omalos and the entrance of the famous Samaria Gorge.

It’s the longest and the most beautiful Gorge of Europe with a 16 km (11 miles) walking path which takes approximately 5 – 6 hours to cross. The Gorge of Samaria is a National Park since 1962 and a UNESCO’s protected area, winning international distinctions.

You will be impressed by the unique landscape with vertical high rocks of 350 meters and by the narrowest point which is 3 meters wide. We walk along a unique forest with trees of a thousand years, we fill our bottles with pure natural water from the springs and we see the Cretan goats Kri-Kri. We walk at our own pace, not as a group.

 

The hike ends at the seaside village of Agia Roumeli. We enjoy swimming in the refreshing Libyan Sea and in the afternoon we travel by boat to Chora Sfakion where we catch again our bus to return.

 

The crossing is not as difficult as you may think, it is always a downhill and 70% of the route is in the shade of trees and huge rocks. The Cretans say that if you cross the Gorge of Samaria is as if you have seen throughout Crete

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