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Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge, located in the stunning island of Crete, Greece, stands as one of Europe’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Carved by the forces of nature over millions of years, this gorge offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the island’s rugged beauty.

Stretching over 16 kilometers in length, Samaria Gorge is a haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. The trail winds its way through towering cliffs, verdant forests, and crystal-clear streams, providing a sensory feast at every turn.

The journey through the gorge begins at the plateau of Omalos, where adventurers embark on a downward trek into the heart of the canyon. As they descend, the landscape transforms, revealing a kaleidoscope of colors and textures unique to this region of Crete.

Visitors entering the Gorge of Samaria must pay an entrance fee of five (5) euros. Children under 15 years old receive free admission. The entrance fee remains constant whether visitors intend to traverse only a few kilometers or the entire route. It is crucial to retain your ticket for inspection upon exit. This measure ensures visitor safety as Park rangers can track the number of individuals who enter and exit the Gorge.

Samaria Gorge

One of the highlights of the trek is the “Iron Gates,” a narrow passage where the cliffs soar to heights of over 300 meters, creating a dramatic and awe-inspiring spectacle. Here, the sheer force of nature is on full display, as the rock walls tower above, casting shadows that dance with the changing light.

Throughout the hike, visitors are treated to glimpses of the diverse flora and fauna that call Samaria Gorge home. Rare species of birds, including the Griffon vulture and the Golden eagle, can be spotted soaring overhead, while smaller birds such as the Cretan warbler flit through the trees. The gorge is also home to a variety of reptiles, including the elusive Balkan green lizard and the vibrant Hermann’s tortoise.

On the forest floor, a rich tapestry of plant life unfolds, with species ranging from delicate wildflowers to towering conifers. Among the most notable plants is the Cretan maple, a rare tree found only in this region of Crete. Hikers may also encounter aromatic herbs such as thyme and oregano, which thrive in the gorge’s rocky terrain.

As the trail winds its way towards the end of the gorge, hikers are rewarded with the sight of the “Gates.” There the cliffs part to reveal a wide, sandy riverbed. Here, weary travelers can rest their legs and take in the panoramic views before continuing on to the village of Agia Roumeli, where the journey concludes.

While the hike through Samaria Gorge is not for the faint of heart, with its steep descents and rugged terrain, the experience is truly unforgettable. For those willing to brave the challenge, the rewards are immeasurable. They offer a glimpse into the raw and untamed beauty of one of Greece’s most iconic landscapes.

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Samaria Gorge Tour

Xyloskalo - Agia Roumeli - Chora Sfakion
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