Diana's Travel Chania Crete
Samaria Gorge Lazy
One of the most famous places to see on Crete is the Samaria Gorge, Europe’s largest gorge. This National Park is 13kms long with unbelievable natural beauty. The gorge is rich with many endemic flowers & herbs with crystal clear spring water flowing from the mountains.
Until the top of the gorge is repaired & the path is open, we can offer you the option to walk the gorge from the bottom up until the narrowest point which is 3m wide.
You will see quite a bit of Crete with a journey on the coach from Chania to Chora Sfakia, which passes along the top of the Imbros Gorge.
The coach descends into the small seaside village of Chora Sfakia & from here you take the ferry across to Agia Roumeli.
The guide on the trip will give you information on the coach & you are free to walk at your own pace. The guide follows the group to ensure everyone is counted for & he/she is there if you need any assistance. The guide tells you where to meet at the bottom & it is a hassle free trip.
Note that the first 2 kms of the footpath from Agia Roumeli until the entrance, is without shade & a fairly flat surface. Once you enter the Samaria gorge from the south you will need to walk another 2kms in order to get to the "Doors" or Portes in Greek which is the Narrowest Point in the Samaria Gorge & the most photographed.
Water will be running through the gorge in Spring, so you will have to hop boulders.
The walk to the Narrowest point takes about 2 hours, walking at a fairly slow pace. Just keep an eye on the time, so that you have enough time to walk back again to catch the ferry!
At anytime of the walk, you can return & walk back to Agia Roumeli.
You will get to see the most photographed point in the Samaria gorge & get a good taste of the Cretan landscape on the ferry ride & coach journey.
Itinerary - The trip starts with an early pick up from the nearest point to your accommodation (between 07.20 -08.15) and drive through the mountains passing the plateau of Askyfou.
There is a short period of time 15mins to take a quick look at Sfakia, which is a very small village. The view of the village from the boat is better.
-10.30 ferry Chora Sfakia to Agia Roumeli.
-11.30 arrival at Agia Roumeli & start walk to South entrance of Samaria Gorge.
- 17.00 Departure ferry from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakia. (in May the ferry leaves at 17.30)
- 18.00 Coach ride from Chora Sfakia to the north coast.
- Arrival back at the pick-up point at approximately 20:00-20.30.
Hiking boots are the best, but trainers with good grip will do just fine.