Featuring a dramatic feature of Crete's landscape, Samaria Gorge National Park serves as a major tourist attraction and a protected biosphere reserve, famous for sheltering the extremely rare kri-kri goats. Each year nearly 200,000 people walk through the national park's famous gorge, which starts at an altitude of 1,250 m (4,100 ft) and ends on the shores of the Libyan Sea. To avoid the worst of the crowds, start your hike as early in the day as you can. You cannot camp overnight in the gorge, so you must complete the 16 km (9 mi) hike in a single day. To discover the gorge in the company of other hikers, join a guided excursion through the park. Put Samaria Gorge National Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sfakia trip builder.
Tours to Samaria Gorge National Park
$399 BOOK WITH VIATOR Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe
Duration: 14 hours
$121 BOOK WITH VIATOR Samaria Gorge - Semi Private Hiking Day Trip from Chania, with max 8 onboard
Duration: 13 hours
Samaria Gorge National Park reviews
This review is a suggestion for the National Park authority. The walk is hard , particularly if you're unfit, the steep descent and the rocky paths are really hard on the feet and legs. And or... more »
We were driven to the top of the mountain from Palaiochora by coach. (bear in mind a 6 am start) There we paid 5 euros for entry and just started walking, The first hour is quite tricky - I was... more »
Walked the gorge quite a few years ago. Arrived just before 7.30am and walked out to the coast. I think it took about 5 hours but was very enjoyable.
The view is beautiful in the beginning of the path but it is not easy and not enjoyable to hike
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