The Samaria Gorge is a National Park of Greece since 1962 on the island of Crete – a major tourist attraction of the island – and a World's Biosphere Reserve.One of the most famous places to see on Crete is the Samaria Gorge, Europe’s largest gorge. This National Park is 18kms long with unbelievable natural beauty. The gorge is rich with many endemic flowers & herbs with crystal clear spring water flowing from the mountains. – you can even refill your water bottles with it! Samaria Gorge forms the whole of the area designated as a national park, a status that offers protection to over 450 species of plant and animal, 70 of which are endemic to Crete.
The Gorge of Samaria and a large area, about 48,500 acres has been characterized as National Park and in 2010 joined the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO.
There live the wild goats of Crete, Kri – Kri, and many other animal species not found anywhere else. These are the Cretan badger (Arkalon), the Cretan marten (Zourida), the Cretan agkathopontikos, the Cretan weasel (Kaloyannou). Bearded vultures, golden eagles and buzzards form the avifauna of the park, along with hundreds of other smaller bird species.
More than 450 are the species of flora of the gorge, many of which are also unique in the world, so it is forbidden to cut the plants you find on your way.
The average walking time through the Samaria gorge is 4-6 hours & is on a foot path with rocks & along the river bed. It is mostly downhill (particularly steep in the beginning) & then the final part is in the sun. Agia Roumeli village is where the walk ends & you can enjoy a swim in the Libyan Sea or have lunch one of the many tavernas. From here there is a ferry that takes you to Sougia, where the coach is waiting for you at the harbour & you drive back over the mountains to the north coast to the place where you were picked up.So if you want to feel the exotic and fresh atmosphere and explore the magnificent monuments of nature and If you are an adventurous traveler the only thing you have to do is book with ECOevents and bring your comfortable shoes.We provide car services so hire a car from us, and visit Samaria Gorge.