early in the morning and driving along the north coastline, we stop for a
short breakfast break outside Rethymnon, before we continue to Chania and
on to the Plain of Omalos 1300 meters above sea level where we begin our
descent into the gorge. The 18 klms walk begins with our descent from
Xyloskalo (800 meters) onto the floor of the gorge.
gorge of Samaria is one of the longest in Europe, some 18 klms (12 miles)
and varies from 2-40 meters width, with a depth of 250-600 meters. It
takes 6-7 hours to walk through and it is essential for you to have the
correct footwear as it is rocky in some places. However, the ever changing
view and the wonderful scents of pinewood and Cretan herbs make the walk
pleasant and the effort worthwhile.
the path next to the river bed of Taras, with its crystal sparkling water,
you pass the stone huts and Osia (Santa) Maria church in the deserted
village of Samaria, through fantastic rock formations which have been
carved and etched by thousands of years of winter torrents, taste the
fresh cold water from the springs on these rocks, and finally get into the
narrow pass of Sideroportes (Iron doors) that rises to a height of 300
meters but is only a few meters wide.
brings you to the mouth of the gorge, which is on the shores of the Libyan
Sea, at the small fishing village of Aghia Roumeli. Here you can taste a
meal in one of the local taverns or enjoy a refreshing swim in the blue
water of the Libyan Sea. From here you are transported by boat to Chora
Sfakion, where we meet our coach for the return journey through the scenic
route of Imbros Gorge and the Plateau, the villages of Askifou and Vrisses.
a trip for the adventurous and fairly fit.
the beginning and end of the season a change of socks and a jacket would
Entrance € 5,00 -
Boat ticket € 9,00