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Samaria Gorge National Park

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Address: Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Sfakia, Crete, Greece
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Believed to be one of the most scenic national parks in Europe, this gorge...
Believed to be one of the most scenic national parks in Europe, this gorge stretches more than 10 miles to the south coastal region and offers many hiking trails.
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Strenuous but beautiful

Hiking the gorge can be strenuous but the views are magnificent. There are many water crossing (42) which can get you wet if the river is not dry. Some crossings are on slatted... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Hiking the gorge can be strenuous but the views are magnificent. There are many water crossing (42) which can get you wet if the river is not dry. Some crossings are on slatted bridges but most are on stepping stones. Hiking from the top down, the first few kilometers are quite steep. Once the river bed is reached the ups... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent place to visit. Take with you a bottle of water, your hut, your sun cream and wear your trekking boots and go. Is 12 km long and if you have a little kid with you you can also do a small part from the end going backwards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Although downhill, this hike is difficult. My wife and I are in good shape. By the last KM or so, we were pretty wiped out. That being said, the nature and scenery is beautiful. There is plenty of fresh spring water at several spots so bring a small bottle of water to refill. I had a pair of good pair... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views, clean water . True 6 hours trip . Very tiring and definitely do not go if you have knee problems. Beautiful beach at the end of the gorge so have swim suit and towel . Loved it. Smaller kids had breakdown in the middle but manage to finish and were very proud of themselves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is a 13 km downwards hike through a beautiful landscape. There is a little bus in the end of the gorge that will take you to the harbour village, but you could also walk here. Just remember water and some food to eat on the way through the gorge. We took our kids (youngest 8 years old) for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is world class attraction which is difficult to get to and when you get on a group tour (mine was arranged by Diktynna travel) drawbacks of this arrangement become immediately apparent, the pickup appears better organized than in Athens but a day starts in Chania at 6 am and ends 8 pm with 16 km of walking in full... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I'm not in shape. It was tough day. I have done it 4 times. The long descent is the hardest part on your knees. Being focused on rocks on the way down is key otherwise there is some danger in slipping. The trail is well marked (rough and rocky) as thousand of tourists go through there daily. It took us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This gorge is the longest in Europe! We did it in 6 hours but it can be less. I want to pass it again but in my opinion early September must be the best period for it to avoid big temperatures. At the end of it is very nice village that i will visit it again, Agia Roumeli. A boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Have proper shoes and hat. Also, bring some food as it is a loooong hike! Take a lot of pictures as the views are amazingly beautiful! Well worth it!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

The views are amazing, you should not miss it. It is a bit sporty so I would not recommend if you have knees problems, health problems. We did it in 5 1/2 hours and we did not take too many breaks. However if you are used to trek, then this is easy for you and really incredible.

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Address: Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Sfakia, Crete, Greece
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Chania Prefecture  >  Sfakia

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