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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  • The well maintained paths enable hikers of many levels of fitness to access this unique gorge Best to start the hike early in the day to allow time for a steady pace but also to enjoy the scenery Brin...  more »
  • We made the gorges from Omelos early in the morning after two hours of bus from Paleochora. It was crowded at the start and it took galleys a good half-hour before passing everyone and be a bit more quiet. The descent in the throat is uninteresting and not particularly interesting perspective there. The most beautiful section is found between the km 6 and 13, when you walk into the canyon. It takes about 4 h market at good pace with good shoes. We Redid the hike in the opposite direction from Agia Roumeli, and we preferred, because there is no world before 10:30 and you are in the most beautiful section from the beginning and up to the old village of Samaria. More this avoids the long bus ride, and allows you to enjoy the beach and the village of Roumeli in peace. We suggest the last hotel at the end of the beach: clean and quiet, and the beach deserted in October.
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  • Location of unity with nature. During the passage of the Gorge landscape varies from mountainous to rural property. Passed the Gorge from the beginning to the end of the two sides. Consider myself to be a sports person is above average, but the last two or three kilometers my legs with your hands perestavljal. Started from Omalosa and down to the sea. The track winds down constantly, so the first path overcame for 3.5 -4 hours. By the way, met in Crete local tour guide, which has deterred from independent hits in favor of trips, arguing that most will be difficult until the end of the walk, and the last 3 km is those places for which it is worth starting a long path length 13 km. So, where you pass the so-called loop, after which begin the most interesting, since you won't see anything more interesting to have seen before. So overcame all the way up for checkboxes and sporting interest that Gorge passed everything. Back way harder in triplets: the road uphill now, accumulating fatigue with geometric progression, and then begins the fray. In Omalos returned roughly to 14.00. Mandatory proven footwear. Obligatory small bottle for water from sources (meet every 1.5 km -3). It is advisable to come to opening: firstly manage to heat, second wishing to bring to this time in large numbers, with many large tourist buses. I arrived just in time for the 7 floors, parking was still free. And be aware that telephone zone in the Valley No.
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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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