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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  • Me and my boyfriend I visited the Samaria through a tourist agency of Plakias. The path is fairly challenging, not suitable for very young children as there are several inclines and passages. In some places the trails are not well marked, but the landscapes are beautiful and the most interesting part of the bed of the River, you reach after 9 km walk on a path really steep, but worth it. All the way (about 14 km) along quietly in 6 hours. On the road there are several spots to rest and refill the bottles with the fresh water of the river. There are also, unfortunately, we found them in pitiful condition: dirty, no paper or SOAP. Overall it was a positive experience.
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  • To go ... If you got kids from the end ... to ... the village Tavern ... Poly ... and Pali Piso. All the great kryvetai in the last kilometers from the end so to be definitely and the rest day.. in Agia Roumeli.. Sougia.. or where else you want ... not started by Omalo. ... If you have puppy ... and do the public by Omalo. ... the Bus did not dechontai ... para Mono with the book of!!!!! and carton transport (rational) ... so together with the katabasi ... get and the product.
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  • Starting 5:30 in the morning for trip by bus from Gouves. 16km from good shoes to the feet, with 2 children (8 and 11). Arrival 17: 00 on the beach. Boat in the direction of Loutro and Skafia where the bus we expected to return. The day is worth it! To do in tour for not worrying about the journey!
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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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