Samaria Gorge

The Samaria Gorge is one of the main attractions in Crete. Located in western Crete, Sierra White Mountains. It is the longest gorge in Europe with 18 km length.

The gorge begins from Xyloskalo (altitude 1227 m) in Omalos and ends in the seaside village of Agia Roumeli on the south coast.

The flora and fauna of the National Park of Samaria is extremely rich. In the canyon will find unique species of plants and animals protected by international conventions. Reported that the gorge there are 450 species of plants and by law not allowed to remove anything from the site, or even a flower.

In Samaria admire the forest with huge pine trees and cypresses, a picture of the past of Crete, when the island was covered by forests famous for good quality timber, perfect for boats made strong.

In the gorge there may find their famous residents, the wild goats of Crete known as “kri – kri”. The ibex is a species endemic to Crete and probably come across some in the village of Samaria, often approaching the last houses of the village.

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