We continue with the stories of trip to Greece. This time we left behind Santorini and Folegandros to travel to the center of Crete. The Samaria gorge, a rocky canyon that goes from the heart of the island of Crete to the sea and was one of the highlights of the 15-day trip through Greece. If you like nature, you will love to do Samaria gorge hiking.
What is the throat of Samaria
The gorge of Samaria is the longest in Europe and its path from the beginning of the national park to the beach can be traveled in the summer months. It is one of the most spectacular trails we have done. It is quite demanding, although most of the time you walk downhill. He Samaria National Park It extends over an area of more than 4850 hectares and the path that runs through it has a length of 16.7 kilometers to the coastal town of Agia Roumeli.
At eight o'clock in the morning the bus left us at the door of the park and after paying € 5 we started the trail along with dozens of other hikers. The first three kilometers are a zigzag down stairs that bring us closer to the dry riverbed. This first part becomes a bit heavy, especially for the knees. At the beginning he walks with many people around, but little by little each one adopts his rhythm and there are moments when you are almost alone contemplating the nature and the little fauna that can be seen near people.
The best part of the trail starts from the resting point number 8. A few meters after this post a sign tells us that you have to walk quickly because it is an area of landslides, although it is impossible not to stop to take a picture.
This is the most beautiful section because you walk along the base of the canyon with vertical walls on both sides that seem endless. Sometimes, in the loneliness between the two walls of the throat, it seems that you are in another world. On the other hand, this is also the most complicated section, since the road is barely marked along about 5 kilometers and you have to walk over the rocks of the river bed and avoid obstacles.
Once we reached the resting place number 10, we found the exit. There you have to give the ticket because they control that nobody stays inside once the park closes its doors.
After the exit we will find some bars and three more kilometers to reach the beach and the ferry that will take us back to Sougia. Although those three kilometers are already on a paved road and that has a slight downward slope. We arrived at the beach at two in the afternoon, six hours after starting the road.