Samaria Gorge


Samaria gorge is located in southwest Crete in the regional unit of Chania. It was created by a small river running between the White Mountains (Lefká Óri) and Mt. Volakias. The village of Samariá lies just inside the gorge, it was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the park. The village and the gorge take their names from the village’s ancient church, Óssia María. A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to the coastal village of Agia Roumeli with view to the Libyan Sea.Book Tour

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The Samaria Gorge is one of the largest canyons in Europe stretching over 16 km from Xyloskalo Omalos, the path goes down through village and cliffs and through dense forests with rare flora and fauna and ends in the village of Agia Roumeli south of Crete Libyan Sea where every year approximately 300,000 visitors cross it during the period from early May to the end of October.

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