On the way to the famous gorge we make first a stop on the plateau of Omalos. After a coffee-breakfast there we continue and a short while later reach the entrance of the gorge, called “Xiloskalo”.
We start our adventurous hike in the heart of the White Mountains, at an altitude of 1230 m and walk down the gorge through a mountain area, one of the nicest, the most impressive mountain areas in our country. At the beginning we walk through a beautiful forest with thousands of years old trees, over rocks and stones, following a little river and its fresh-water springs. With
the length of 16 km the gorge of Samaria is officially one of the longest gorges in Europe. There live in the wild the last Cretan mountain goats, called “Kri-Kri”.
The walk is partially very difficult and requires approximately 5-6 hours. You need absolutely good shoes, mountain-boots or, at least, strong trainers.
This trip is NOT recommended for children under the age of 6, pregnant women and people with any serious health problems! At the end of the gorge we arrive at the little village of Agia Roumeli, where you have time for a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea, to relax or for a well-deserved lunch at one of the local taverns.
Afterwards the ferry takes us to the village of Chora Sfakion, where our coach is waiting, to take us back to Rethymno.