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Enjoy A Stunning Walk Along The Samariá Gorge

Posted on Tuesday 1st April 2014 by Crete Escapes

In the west of Crete, in the region of Chania lies the stunning Samariá Gorge National Park .

As the longest gorge in Europe, it is well known for being a place of outstanding natural beauty and is a must for many visitors to Crete. Open from May to October, you are able to walk the length of it either on your own or with an organised group.

The length of the gorge is approximately 18km, however the walk is 13km, which can take between 4 to 6 hours to complete. Surrounded by the beautiful river and amazing wildlife, it may take you even longer if you ever manage to tear yourself away from the stunning scenery!

With over 400 varieties of birds spotted within the park, your eyes will be busy looking out for owls, eagles and vultures. If you prefer your wildlife to be of the 4-legged variety, death defying goats can be spotted on the cliff faces too.

The 13km walk – as the length suggests – is not the easiest to undertake. Those who regularly lead tours through the gorge suggest that a reasonable level of fitness is required. Be prepared – sturdy shoes and a hearty lunch are highly advisable.

We recommend a trip to this beautiful park in the low season, when walking the gorge will be much easier in the lower temperatures of spring or autumn and will allow you to enjoy our low season discounts on local villas.

We offer great deals on our villas, for all days of your holiday falling in April, May, June, September and October. Click here to find out more.

To browse our spectacular selection of villas, click here. If you have any questions, please email us at enquiries@crete-escapes.com or call on 0330 111 0061

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