Samaria Gorge National Park is a natural wonder and one of the most famous hiking destinations in Crete. Located in the White Mountains (Lefka Ori), the gorge stretches for approximately 16 kilometers from Omalos Plateau to the coastal village of Agia Roumeli, offering breathtaking scenery and a unique hiking experience.

The hike through Samaria Gorge is a challenging but rewarding adventure, attracting nature enthusiasts and hikers from all around the world. The trail leads through narrow passages, towering cliffs, and lush vegetation, providing an opportunity to witness the diverse flora and fauna of Crete. One of the highlights of the hike is the “Iron Gates,” where the walls of the gorge narrow to a width of only a few meters.

The park is home to several rare and endemic species, including the Cretan wild goat (kri-kri) and the Bearded Vulture. Hikers may also encounter various birds, reptiles, and butterflies along the way.

Due to the rugged terrain and steep descents, the hike typically takes around 5 to 7 hours to complete. It is essential to wear appropriate footwear and carry enough water and snacks for the journey. The trail ends at Agia Roumeli, where hikers can enjoy a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea before catching a ferry back to Chora Sfakion or Sougia, and then a bus back to Chania.

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