The Samaria Gorge is located in Chania Mountains White Mountains. It has a length of 18 km and is the longest gorge in Crete and Europe (in length). It has a width from 150 meters to 3 meters, which is the narrowest part of the name “Doors”. In 1962 it was declared as a national park of Greecevand a place of residence of many endemic birds and different species. The most famous of the animals that find refuge in the Samaria Gorge is the Cretan goat (Kri Kri). There are also growing rare herbs and plants such as wild burning bush and wild flowers. The gorge got its name from the village of Samaria and though it owes its name to the Byzantine church of Blessed Mary of the 14th century, located there and survives until now with many pictures and murals.
Useful information for visitors
To get to the Gorge you can take the shuttle bus fro Chania;s Bus station which is located approximately 700 meters from the hotel, which takes you to the entrance of the gorge called Xyloskalo
The route starts very early in the morning 06: 15-07: 45-08: 45 and ticket price 7.50 / person.
Also you can go with an organized tour: Ticket price for bus and Guide 22,00 / person + 17,00 about for the entrance and the boat. (input value 5.00)
For hiking in the Samaria gorge you must be properly dressed in light colored clothes, hard shoes (boots), have been provided light fare, Water does not need to have with you, since the entire length of the gorge there are sources of clean drinking water. Also in many places there are toilets. The distance is 14 km and the walk lasts approximately 4-8 hours, depending on the pace. The most common time duration is six hours. Arriving At the ends in St. Roumeli which is 2 km from the exit of the gorge you can make a delicious swim in the clear blue waters of the Libyan sea and enjoy the delicious and traditional tavernas.
From the port of Agia Roumeli you take the Boat to Sfakia
Hours 11: 30 & 17: 30
Ticket Price: 12,00E adults 6.00 children
From Sfakia you take the bus to Chania
Price ticket 8,20
Useful phone numbers
Police Chania Tourism Department: 28210 53333
Port Sfakia: 28250 91292
Museum Xyloskalo: 28210 67140
Forest Service Forest Samaria: 28210 92287
Forest Outpost Samaria settlement: 28250 91276