Samaria Gorge is one of the most photographed and visited spots in the prefecture and is part of the White Mountains. It is the longest gorge (18 meters long) not only on Crete, but throughout Greece. The width ranges from 3 meters (the narrowest point is located at "Portes") to 150 meters.
It has been a National Park since 1962 as many endemic birds and other species (the most famous being the Cretan Goat, the ibex) have found refuge here. Rare herbs and plants, such as wild marjoram and an abundance of wild flowers grow in the gorge.
Hiking in the Samaria Gorge is a unique experience. Indeed, it is the most well-trodden path in Greece. The route is very well-marked and begins at Omalos at an altitude of 1,200 meters. After the first few steps you will have a sense of awe and emotion. The beautiful changes in the natural landscape, the towering majestic rocks and water springs will make you take endless photographs, while admiring the grandeur of nature.
One of the most impressive parts of the gorge is Portes (doors in Greek). This is where the rocks are very close together, just 3 meters apart, and reach a height of 600 meters. Once you pass this point, you will see the sea. The end of the path is located in the village of Agia Roumeli, where there are views of the famous beach and the Libyan Sea.
The total distance is 14 km and takes an estimated 4-8 hours to walk. At various points there are guards and carriers with mules should you face any difficulties.