Samaria gorge on Crete

Samaria gorge on Crete

Samaria gorge on Crete

The Samaria gorge on Crete is located in the southwestern part of Crete and is the largest attraction in Chania. It is open to tourists from mid-April to late October, and in bad weather even during this period visitors are not allowed because the terrain becomes slippery and dangerous. The park is open in the bright part of the day and closes in the evening. Night at the ravine is forbidden, and employees keep an eye out for people not to remain. If you want to go the road to peace without hurrying and avoiding crowds, you have to go early in the morning.

Samaria gorge on Crete

Samaria gorge on Crete

After 15.00 it is possible to go only part of the route (about 2 km) and you have to return to the starting point. How do we move to Samaria? From Chania morning, buses leave at 06,15; 07.45 and 08.45 in the direction of Omalos, where the entrance of the gorge is situated, the one-way ticket price is 6.90 Euro and the trip is about 45 minutes. After walking 16 kilometers along the gorge and reaching the village of Agia Roumeli, ferry to Sfakia or Sougia, from there you can take a bus back to Chania (the trip is around 1.30 – 2 hours).

You can buy a direct return ticket for Chania – Omalos – Hora Sphakion / Sphakia / – Chania, which costs 14,30 euros. Ferry tickets are paid separately (€ 10 / trip around 1 hour) and travel only once a day – at 17.30. It is possible that the boat that travels to Sphakia is l

Samaria gorge on Crete

Samaria gorge on Crete

ate but there is no problem because the last bus to Chania (at 18.30) always waits for the ferry to arrive. I would not say that it is advisable to visit Samaria by car because you will have to go all the way back ! If you are at a remote location on the island, there are organized excursions.

The gorge begins at 1227 meters above sea level from Xyloskalo and ends near the village of Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea. The length of the ravine itself is 13 kilometers, but in reality, to get to the sea, you have to go another 3.7 kilometers. On the way along the gorge there are several separate resting places with toilets and tap water.

At the entrance of Samaria, a ticket of 5 Euros is paid, where you receive a brochure with brief information about the area where you pass and a map similar to the one with the described holiday places. At the exit you have to return the ticket because this way it monitors whether all the tourists entering the gorge have come out. The march through the ravine starts with a 3 km downhill, the trail is steep but it is obvious that the gorge is well maintained. There is no danger of losing anywhere at all – the road is clearly shaped or you can navigate the crowds !

The River Tarraios passes along the gorge. Although it is dry in the summer for the most part, thanks to it the gorge is a paradise for various plants and rare bird species such as vultures and eagles, as well as the

Samaria gorge on Crete

Samaria gorge on Crete

Cretaceous goat breed known as kric-kri. During the gorge you cross the river over 40 times! After the initial extreme downhill, there are about 4 kilometers more flat and light terrain. In the middle of the gorge, approximately 7 km away, lies the abandoned village of Samaria. For hundreds of years, the village was inhabited by woodcutters, as well as by guerrillas hiding by Turkish invaders.

In 1962, the Samaria Gorge was declared a national park and the few residents of the village were forced to leave. Here you can also find the wild goats “kri-kri”, which were probably not so wild because they were very brave enough to approach the tourists and enjoy their sandwiches with delight!

Gradually the situation around is totally changing, it is only going down the river bed, there are almost no trees around, but only rocky rocks.

Samaria gorge on Crete

Samaria gorge on Crete

So, until you reach the narrowest place in the gorge, known among the locals as “Portes”, which means “doors”. Here, the width between the rocks is only 3 meters, while at the same time they are about 300 meters high – a really impressive view.

After the end of the ravine, most surprisingly, not only one, but two restaurants, emerged before us. And although we had been resting 10 minutes before, we softened our smell of freshly squeezed oranges that we decided to have a fresh drink. Believe me – I have never tasted fresh juice in my life! Shortly thereafter, we passed through the abandoned village of Agia Rumeli, which was destroyed by floods in 1950 and is slowly recovering.

And finally, after about 5 hours of walking on the hammer we reached the coveted coast. The sand on the beach is black and the crystal clear blue with an interesting blue color. We could not wait to bathe in the waters of the Libyan Sea and, frankly, I think I have not felt such a pleasure in entering the sea until now! This reaction was observed in the behavior of all arriving from the gorge.



Bookmark and Share
Copyright © 2018 Travel Nature Blog. All rights reserved.