Samaria Gorge, Chania, Crete
Samaria Gorge (National park of Samaria) is the longest gorge in Europe with a length of about 16 kilometres. It is located in west Crete (Chania) in the White Mountains. The gorge starts at Xyloskalo (about 1250 m above sea level) and runs down to the seaside village of Agia Roumeli on the south coast of Crete, on the Libyan Sea. The most famous part of the gorge is the Gates, where the sides of the gorge close in to a width of only four meters and soar up to a height of almost 300 meters.
The Samaria Gorge is considerably rich in plant and animal life with unique species protected under international law. Camping and overnight stay are prohibited. The most famous inhabitant of Samaria gorge is the Cretan wild goats (“kri-kri”). The gorge became a national park in 1962, particularly as a refuge of this wild goat.
Visits to the National park are allowed from May to October. The park visiting hours are 07:00 to 15:00 daily. There are daily guided tours from the whole Crete. The buses leave early in the morning (starting at 5:30). At the end of the gorge, Agia Roumeli, you can enjoy food and, of course, the beach
If you are staying at Folia Hotel Apartments which is located in Agia Marina, and would like to visit Samaria Gorge, it is actually quite simple. Ask our reception for more details, and also visit our website at http://www.foliahotel.gr for more suggested trips.