Samaria Gorge National Park, Sfakia

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Featuring a dramatic feature of Crete's landscape, Samaria Gorge National Park serves as a major tourist attraction and a protected biosphere reserve, famous for sheltering the extremely rare kri-kri goats. Each year nearly 200,000 people walk through the national park's famous gorge, which starts at an altitude of 1,250 m (4,100 ft) and ends on the shores of the Libyan Sea. To avoid the worst of the crowds, start your hike as early in the day as you can. You cannot camp overnight in the gorge, so you must complete the 16 km (9 mi) hike in a single day. To discover the gorge in the company of other hikers, join a guided excursion through the park. Put Samaria Gorge National Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sfakia trip builder .
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  • Having completed a few Himalayan walks in the distant pass my wife and myself (ages 65 and 69 respectively) decided on the 16 Km trek in Crete. We are quite fit spending Australian winters enjoying th...  more »
  • One of most beautiful sceneries you can find around. Only national park in Crete and longest george of Europe (16km). Descent starts from 1280m and is very steep at begining. It ends on the shore of L...  more »
  • Beautiful experience. 18 km Trek from omalos to 120p meters. It comes down to a path, with 10 stops, with availability of water and wc. Lowering time from 4 to 8 hours. Very striking the last km in the gorges (all in the Sun). You will find the exit, where a van, €2, leads to the nearby village of Agia Roumeli. From here the ferry at 17.30, that after an hour get to Sougia, where a bus back to the starting point at omalos at 1200 meters.
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