The Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe and also the most famous. Thousands of tourists flock here daily in the summer season to walk from the top to the bottom. For many visitors, it?is the sole purpose of their visit to Crete. The length of the gorge reaches 18km and takes almost 4-7 hours to hike from Omalos to Agia Roumeli, depending on trekking speed.
Visits to the National park are allowed from May 1 to October 15.
Park visiting hours are 07:00 to 15:00 daily. From 15:00 to sunset, visitors are allowed to walk a distance of only two kilometers within the park, either from Xyloskalo or from Agia Roumeli.
Within the park it is strictly prohibited to camp, stay overnight, light fires, or swim in the streams of the gorge.
entrance fees 5 EURO