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Samariá Gorge

Listed under Canyons in Crete, Greece.

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  • Photo of Samariá Gorge
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Scenic Samariá is a 16km cleft in the earth running from an altitude of 1,250m on the Omalos Plateau towards the shores of the Libyan Sea.

Most people explore the gorge on foot along the well worn walking trail – also 16kms long. It’s a steep track downwards before the stroll along the gorge base, between high walls, and to escape the return journey most people sail from the end of the trail at Agia Rourmeli to a village they can get the coach back from. Sources report a vary varied walking time of between three and seven hours, but except for the difference in time they seem to be referring to the same trail. There’s a lot of mentioning of not being allowed to swim in the river that runs along the bottom of the gorge because it’s drinking water for the village at the end of it, but a welcome ocean and tavernas at the end of the walk.

If you’re not up to it there’s a much shorter round trip trail which will get you to the ‘Iron Gates’ – the narrowest section of gorge, 500m high and only about four across and the highlight of the walk – and back.

The National Park is only open between May and October. The area wasn’t declared a National Park for the preservation of the gorge though – it was for the kri-kri, or Cretan goats. Most of the goats live in a reserve but there’s plenty of other wildlife to see on the trail.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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