THE SAMARIA GORGE

DATE: 03.10.16

If you're looking for an adventure while on the island for your wedding in Crete look no further than the Samaria gorge.  The Samaria gorge is one of the crowning jewels of Crete’s stunning natural landscape.  Located on the southwestern side of the island, it attracts both serious hikers and casual enthusiasts. It is Europe's longest gorge at 18km long, starting at an altitude of 1,250 meters at the northern entrance, and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli. The most famous part of the gorge is the stretch known as the Gates where the sides of the gorge close in to a width of only four meters and soar up to a height of almost 300 meters. In 1962 the gorge became a national park, mainly in order to protect the rare kri-kri (Cretan goat) from extinction. The gorge plays host to a number of other native flora and fauna that is most evident in the months of April and May.  After the hike you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the crisp waters of the Libyan Sea and a cold drink in one of the tavernas in Agia Roumeli.  A short boat trip takes you back to Hora Sfakion or Sougia where you can catch a bus to Chania or Rethymno.

A hike down the gorge is a great group activity for your friends and family while visiting the island for your wedding in Crete.  We would be happy to help you plan an unforgettable adventure through the gorge during your stay in Crete.