The gorge and the National park of Samaria in Crete island one of the longest ravines in Europe that offers one of the most spectacular hiking routes!This vast gorge extends from the White Mountains at 1,230 meters high.
The path from start to finish is some 16 kilometres in length, which makes it the longest in the whole of Europe. There are 450 plant species here, and not one flower can be removed by law. Inside the gorge, you may meet its wild inhabitants, the goats of Crete, which are named “Kri-Kri”.This wonderful natural walk is amongst the top attractions on the island. About a quarter of a million people wander along its path every year between May and October. The gorge will take between three to six hours to walk its complete length!
Almost halfway along the path is the abandoned village of Samaria, whose inhabitants were relocated in 1962. The village is a good opportunity to rest for a while. The path is well maintained, and is not overly difficult, though there are a few steeper sections, and your legs will feel it by the end.