Visit the Samaria Gorge and...
Visit the Samaria Gorge and enjoy an 18 kilometer downhill hike through the longest gorge in Europe.
The trek from Xyloskalo- the wooden staircase at the top takes roughly 6 hours. I saw some rugged young men jogging(much to my delight)the trail but I would not recommend that unless you are in terrific shape. Along the trail you can view rare species of wildflowers and the Cretan goat kri kri. The goats were very friendly. One even took an orange slice from between my lips!
The Iron gates will appear about 12 km in the gorge. Here the walls of the gorge narrow dramtically to 3.5 meters apart. Everyone, and I mean everyone stops here for a photo opportunity.