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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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You will not believe in your eyes that this mountainous paradise for hikers is located in the heart of an island. It is "walkable" slope without incredible difficulty. You can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Boise, Idaho
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

What we liked: it was mostly downhill and there were many spots along the way to fill up our water bottles. Also, it seemed to be monitored fairly well by the park rangers. They knew where everyone was along the 13 k trail. What we weren't prepared for: due to misinformation by our guide, we weren't prepared for the rocky,... More 

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

You will not believe in your eyes that this mountainous paradise for hikers is located in the heart of an island. It is "walkable" slope without incredible difficulty. You can pass it by foot without problem but you should be able to withstand the minimum exercise. You may rest at the countless rest areas with heavy tree shadow and cold... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We came here with a tourist group bus around 9.00 and the guide gave us until 16.00 to walk to Agia Roumeli on the other side of the gorge, about 16 km away. We raced there and it only took around 3 hours to walk while taking pictures. Now I wish we had gone slower, because the views are beautiful... More 

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Poundbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

a long day if not a keen walker it took me almost 6 hours to walk down and then at the end you have to walk to the harbour which is about another mile or two. saying that Im glad I did the walk, the amazing views get better and better as you reach the end of the gourge

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I took my girlfriend here as I can't sit by the pool all the time for 2 weeks. This was my day out. We got a bus from our hotel which left around 5am we got to the starting point around 9am. When you reach the top of the mountain where the walk starts it is freezing, well below freezing... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We have visited the top of the gorge several times and have never walked its entire length. It is possible to hike down and back. I have birded alone early morning and late afternoon . I have hiked as far down as Samari village ( best place to see kri kri) The rangers get cross if you appear from the... More 

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Vantaa, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great place to visit, incredible experience in total! Very hard very long walk, but definetly worth it. If we would do it again, I would walk more slowly and enjoy the walk even more. In the end there is a small idyllic village with some restaurants. I have never drank anything as tasty as the fresh orange juice after the... More 

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Siauliai, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The longest gorge in Europe is a real challenge even for sportsmen, the next day you are obliged to have a day off :) but it is worth visiting: endemic flora&fauna, amazing landscape and black sand beach as a reward in the end of the challenge!

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Did this walk in October. Got the bus from Chania, the bus ride up to the entrance was the scariest part of the experience to be honest! I expected the hike to be a lot more difficult from some of the reviews on here, but it was fine. A few twisted ankles, but nothing major! A highly recommend a hiking... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I am definitely glad that i went to the Samaria Gorge in September 2014! This should be one of the "must see" places to visit in Crete.The Gorge is a natural wonder and breathtaking rock formations when walking down from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea. My total excursion lasted about 6 hours. I took lots... More 

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