Where to walk & discover
Samaria Gorge is Europe’ s most famous trekking gorge and part of the E4 European path. In summer, walking through it on foot is a challenge for many tourists. Its length is 18 kilometers and the walk lasts about 5 to 7 hours. Walking through the gorge is the main reason of a lot of people’ s visit to the island. The path starts from Omalos, which is at an altitude of 1,250 meters and ends at the coastline of Agia Roumeli. It is located south of the Prefecture of Chania and was created by the river that passes between the White Mountains and Volakias Mountain.
The village of Samaria is located inside the gorge and its last inhabitants abandoned it in 1962 when it was replaced by the National Park. Spring is the best season for those who want to walk through the gorge as the coolness, the lush vegetation and the beautiful waters of the river will offer them an unforgettable experience. The less suitable time is in the middle of the summer and especially during a heat period. It is suggested that you begin your walk at dawn so that you can have a head start since the other tourists arrive later by bus.
Aradena Gorge is located in Sfakia. It starts south of the White Mountains and creates a gorge that ends at Marmara Beach, west of Loutro. It is one of the most famous gorges of Crete but much quieter than that of Samaria, Imvros and Agia Irini. The walk through the gorge takes 2½ to 3 hours to the village of Aradena which is worth visiting. Nevertheless, the route is more difficult compared to other well known gorges.