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Beautiful hike through
the National Park

Samaria Gorge

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Why locals love it

Samaria Gorge is one of the world's Biosphere Reserves of unique natural beauty separating the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and Mt Volakias. It is a 16 km long hike, starting at an altitude of 1,250 m at the northern entrance, and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli. Open from May 1st till October 15th.

Why you should visit it

The gorge became a national park in 1962, mainly as a refuge for the rare kri-kri (Cretan wildgoat) that can be found only in Crete. You can reach it by taking the bus to Omalos from Chania Central Bus Station (KTEL return ticket price 14,30€). When you reach Agia Roumeli beach you take the boat (11€) to Sfakia in order to take the return bus.

Special tip

You should be equipped with hiking boots or at least a sturdy pair of sneakers. The walk takes 5-7h and you can find lots of drinking water there.

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Be prepared for achy legs the next day but a must trek through one of the many protected national parks in Crete. Hercules himself passed through it and opened a passage during his Cretan bull labor.
April 16, 2019
Hi! We are going to visit this amazing place in a week. Can you help us with bus schedule? =) Thanx
July 17, 2017

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