The Samaria gorge is situated in the National Park of Samaria.
The 18km length gorge, runs from a plateau beneath the White Mountains in West Crete all the way to the Libyan Sea. It is the longest gorge in Greece and forms part of the E4 hiking trail that traverses Europe.
Containing 450 species of plant and animal life (70 endemic to Crete), the Samaria Gorge is a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve. You will pass through forests of pine, cypress and holly trees, and by no fewer than 22 freshwater springs, as well as abandoned villages and churches you can pop into and if you are lucky, you will meet the famous ‘Kri-Kri (Cretan goat). The gorge itself is 150m at its widest but narrows point to just 3m, known as ‘the Gates’ (‘Portes’ in Greek), with sheer walls of rock soaring skyward.