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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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  • The Samaria Gorge hike was one of the highlights of my trip to Greece. The views were amazing. We took the bus from Chania and it drops you off at the top and you have to hike your way down to the gor...  more »
  • I visited crete on a twenties holiday with a group of six friends, one of the highlights was walking part of the Samaria gorge, it is a long walk which requires a degree of fitness, the amazing views ...  more »
  • The Samaria Gorge is one of the most visited attractions in Crete. Daily tourist buses on the Omalos plain and to the entrance of the Gorge are driven. An alternative: go on the lecture on the Omalos plain, stay at one of the inns, and then simultaneously begin the hike in the morning. Inns "NEOs Omalos hotel" (Ξενοδοχείο Νέος Ομαλός) or "Ελληνικον rooms Taverna". If you come from the South coast, can also benefit from Sougia by taxi to the Omalos drive level. Make sure to book the taxi before! There is (supposedly) a bus connection from Palaiochora Omalos. Good Footwear is recommended. Some guidebooks recommend carriage of large water supplies. Is not necessary: a bottle which can be filled on the road again, is sufficient. Besides the Samaia tour, there are other Canyon hikes, for example through the Impros Gorge. Also very nice!
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