Samaria

Distance 42km from Chania
Open to the public: May to October
Entrance fee: Adults 6 €.
Café: Available
Toilet Facilities: Available
Wi-Fi: Not Available
Parking space: Available for all types of vehicles
Facilities for people with disabilities: Not Available
Access & walking difficulty: Difficulty rating 5

At a distance of 42km from Chania, the longest gorge in Europe begins, the well-known Samaria Gorge. Internationally recognized with multiple international awards for its flora and fauna, it has been officially declared a national park since 1962 (chronologically, the second in Greece after Olympus, but certainly among the largest with an area of 46,000 hectares) and in 1981 was registered as a wildlife reserve by UNESCO.

The clear length of the National Park gorge (in the area under the protection of the Forestry Service) is 13km, while there are about another 3km from its end to the Libyan Sea. Midway through the gorge, at 7km to be exact, is located the abandoned settlement of Samaria, which took its name from a small church found in its precincts, dedicated to Holy Maria of Egypt, with frescoes from the first half of the 14th Century AD. The Venetians, in the quickness of their speech, shortened the phrase ‘Santa Maria Egiziaca’, simplifying it to ‘Sa-Maria’.

The walk through the Samaria Gorge comprises a section of the E4 European Footpath which starts at Xyloscalo (literally, the ‘Wooden Steps’) on the plateau of Omalos and ends at Agia Roumeli , on the coast of the Libyan Sea. It is a well - organized footpath, with springs at regular intervals, picnic areas, wardens and fire-wardens, interesting to geologists, botanists and also biologists, as it is a reserve for the Cretan wild goat, the so called “Agrimi”. Its entirety is enchanting with its unbelievable natural beauty and its scents from all the aromatic plants and herbs, but also with the geological strata which can be seen in its towering walls. Worth visiting for anyone in good physical shape, who wants to get to know the wild nature of the White Mountains, close up.

Visit Samaria Gorge

Map

Other Travel Guides

{tguide_phototitle_en}

Souda Bay WWII Cemetery

The Commonwealth War cemetery lies 5 km to the east of Chania, by the old village of Souda, hosting 1527 graves of British, Australian and New Zealanders soldiers and officers.

More
{tguide_phototitle_en}

Mili Gorge

The name was given after the water mills that existed in the past all along the gorge and were used to grind the wheat of the nearby villages

More
{tguide_phototitle_en}

Holy Monastery of Agia Irini

Set on the foot of the mount Vrysina, on the northeast of the city of Rethymnon, the Holy Monastery of Agia Irini is one of the oldest in Crete and it is dated from the 2nd Byzantine period.

More
{tguide_phototitle_en}

St. Matthew, Heraklion

Approximately 500m south of the Cathedral of St. Minas, within the historical district of Heraklion we have the church of St. Matthew.

More
{tguide_phototitle_en}

Diktaion Andron Cave

Diktaion Andron Cave on Lasithi plateau is regarded as Zeus’s birth place.

More
Experiences
We know best
Follow us
Follow us on social networking pages and learn our news first
Contact us

Andreadaki 13-15 Heraklion, Crete
712 01, Greece
Tel.: +30 2810-342222
Fax: +30 2810-342212
e-mail: info@travelcrete.gr
ΜΗ.Τ.Ε. 1039 Ε 6061 01849 01

Newsletter
Sign up to receive great deals first and our company news

CreditCards