Hiking the 16km-long Samaria Gorge, one of Europe’s longest canyons, is high on the list of must-dos for many Crete visitors. There’s an undeniable raw beauty to the canyon with its soaring cliffs and needle-nose passageways. The hike begins at an elevation of 1230m just south of Omalos and ends in the coastal village of Agia Roumeli. It’s also possible to do it the ‘lazy way’ by hiking a shorter distance, starting at Agia Roumeli. The only way out of Agia Roumeli is by taking the boat to Sougia
or Hora Sfakion
, which are served by bus and taxi.
The best time for the Samaria trek is in April and May when wildflowers brighten the trail. Keep your eyes peeled for the endemic kri-kri, a shy endangered wild goat.