Samaria Gorge is one of the most famous Cretan Gorges. It is located in the vast mountain range of the White Mountains in the southwest of Chania. At 16 km. long, it is the longest gorge in Crete as well as all of Europe. The Samaria Gorge became a national park in 1962 due to the large variety of flowers and plants unique to the area, as well as different species of birds and wildlife which are all protected under international law.
The most famous of the animals that find refuge in Samaria Gorge is the Cretan goat known as the kri-kri. The entire trail is well marked and it is the most walked path in all of Greece. From the very beginning of your hike you feel the awe of its vastness dominate you, majestic mountains and an endless ravine gush out in front of you. At the end of the route you face the Libyan Sea and the magnificent beach of Agia Roumeli. A refreshing dip in the sea, lunch at a tavern and relaxing on the shores of the beach are the perfect ‘ending’ of the majestic Samaria Gorge tour!
The hike ends in Agia Roumeli where you can catch the ferry to Hora Sfakion [or Sougia] and from there the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.