About Crete's Ceep CanyonSamaria is a narrow, deep canyon that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The canyon, located at the southwest of the island, is a particularly impressive national park, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
There are a number of trails at different levels of difficulty. Generally, the duration of walking in the canyon is about 6 hours on average the ground is rocky. In the spring and fall there are beautiful flowers and great fun.
Incidentally, the Greeks claim that the canyon is the deepest in Europe. This is a debate, of course, as well as the claim that the 16-kilometer canyon makes it the longest in Europe.
The channel begins in the white mountain region, at the edge of the Umlus Plateau. The walk starts at the first 6 kilometers on a wide channel, followed by the abandoned village of Samaria. From there the narrow section of the canyon begins. There follows a section that separates only 3.5 meters between the cliffs that rise to a height of 300 meters. After a long walk in the canyon one arrives at the Iron Gates, a place where there are no gates and no locks, making it difficult to understand where the name originated… From this point the canyon opens up to a wide valley where the remains of the ancient village Agia Roumeli and the beach are located. The trail ends after an additional two kilometers.
TipsGet an early start in the morning to complete the route. Later, the canyon gets crowded.
Those who do not arrive on an organized trip must travel to Omulus, an hour's drive, a bus is available three times a day from Chania.
Do not forget to take good walking shoes, water, a sleeping bag, a hat and food. Some also need warm clothes.
The mountains are covered with thick snow from November to May.
The trip to the canyon is permitted during the months of May to October, though it is chiefly recommended during the spring months - it can get quite crowded in the summer. The bonus is a wonderful flowering of wildflowers.
Be way during the spring for floods- these can cause sudden danger in the canyons in Crete.