The Samaria Gorge
The Samaria Gorge
No holiday in Crete is complete without a trip through Samaria Gorge, the longest and most imposing ravine in the Mediterranean. It is 16.5 kilometers in length from the position of
Xyloskalo and terminates at Agia Roumeli in the Libyan Sea. Start by descending the 600 wooden steps you will be intrigued by the beauty and serenity of this massive gorge which is shadowed by the WhiteMountains.
You will come across the church of St. Nicolas, built on the ruins of an ancient temple. Afterwards you will reach “Portes” or “Iron Gates”, the narrowest pass of the gorge. The hike ends at Agia Roumeli.
Hike in the 2nd largest Gorge in Europe, and get to meet the untouched flora and fauna of Crete. Swim in the crystal clear waters of Agia Roumeli, and enjoy a boat visit to the South of Chania.
How to get there:
By an organized tour, by public transportation.
The Organized Tour:
Full Day Tour, Bus ride & boat ride, 06.00 – 20.00
- Pick up from the hostel by bus
- Arrival at Omalos Plateau for coffee/ breakfast/ a rest
- Hike down the gorge, meet Samaria Village half way and complete the hike at Agia Roumeli
- Swim, eat and drink at Agia Roumeli, until the boat arrives
- Departure to Sougia Beach, where the bus will pick you up
- Return at the hostel by bus
Be comfortably dressed and have good hiking shoes on, have a snack / water with you (you can fill up the water inside the gorge), as well as sun cream.
By Public transportation:
You can take the local bus to Omalos, catch the boat at Agia Roumeli and hop on the bus from Sogia back to Chania. This option is suggested to guests who wish to stay in Sougia or Sfakia, when completing the gorge, and not coming back to the city of Chania.