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Samaria Gorge is located in southwest Crete, in the regional unit of Chania and became a National Park of Greece in 1962. It is 16 km long, starting at an altitude of 1.250 m at the northern entrance, and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli. The walk through Samaria National Park is 13 km long, but one has to walk another three km to Agia Roumeli from the park exit, making the hike 16 km long. The most famous part of the gorge is the stretch known as 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. A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea, at which point tourists sail to the nearby village of Sougia or Hora Sfakion, where they could spend a night there, or they could catch a coach back to Chania. The walk takes five to seven hours and can be strenuous, especially at the peak of summer.

We advise you to check regularly our ‘Schools / Clubs’ section, in order to get in contact with nearby hiking-trekking clubs, that will accompany you safely, while practicing this activity. We also suggest that you visit our ‘Equipment Shops’ section, in order to to locate nearby shops that will provide you with the necessary technical equipment. Furthermore, we highly recommend you to visit our ‘Accommodation’ section, for nearby accommodation arrangements.

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