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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. Add Samaria Gorge National Park to your Sfakia travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Sfakia trip itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Sfakia

Thanks to the rugged terrain of Crete's southwestern coastline, Sfakia remains a tiny settlement with just a few hotels, which offer clean rooms with sea views. Most people rush through Sfakia on their way to the island's more popular resorts, which means that you can choose from affordable rooms in town even at the height of tourist season. A good alternative to hotels, the area's family-run guesthouses provide simply furnished rooms, hearty local dishes, and easy access to nearby beaches.
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  • If you love a hike you can't go to Crete without doing this. An excellent full days trek through the gorge. Can't wait to do the others on our next visit!  more »
  • A longish hike (almost 13 km) and a fairly rough terrain, but the views of the magnificent gorge more than make up for the effort.  more »
  • We booked this trip with one of the local agents close to our hotel in Reythmnon. It was one of our "must do's" on the holiday tick list. Will come to the scheduled trip later but explain the walk ini...  more »