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.
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While hiking has always been popular among outdoorsy people it certainly has relieved a strong hype among broader parts of the general, urban community. With this in mind locations such as New... more »
Did the Samaria Gorge hike with Io Tours, and it was definitely the highlight of my 3+ week trip throughout Greece. It is a fairly strenuous hike but so worth it. The various terrain that you go... 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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