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The Samaria Gorge is perhaps the most famous landmark of Crete and covers the largest part of the White Mountain’s National Park. It is the longest gorge in Europe (16 km) and one of the most impressive gorges in Crete. Samaria Gorge is dedicated to the protection of more than 450 species (animals and plants) a great number of which are endemic to Crete. The path that crosses the gorge starts at Xyloskalo, at 1230 m. altitude and ends at Agia Roumeli, a coastal village with a beautiful beach and some taverns.

If you decide to cross the Gorge you should have strong and comfortable shoes (preferably hiking shoes) and you should also keep in mind that it will take you 6-8 hours. The National Park opens on 1st May until 15th October each year, from 7am until 4pm.