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    The longest gorge in Europe

    by himalia11 Written Jan 20, 2004
    Samaria gorge

    Favorite thing: Walking down the gorge of Samaria is a great experience. It’s a fascinating landscape. At the beginning, you have to walk down in serpentines and will see below the ground of the gorge and above you the big mountains, it looks great! Then, the way will lead you through the gorge, with a view on the steep rock faces, several clean sources (you should drink and refill your bottles!), and a river. Sometimes you have to climb a bit over the rocks. About at the half of the way, you’ll find the abandoned village Samaria. I still wonder that there used to live people there!

    The way is about 16 km long (the longest gorge in Europe!), it took us 5 hours. We were told that the altitude difference is 1200 meters. It’s an exhausting walk and especially during the last kilometres, I had the impression that it never end. But finally, we arrived and swimming in the sea was a great reward after this long walk! And the next day, I had sore muscles…

    There’s a little village at the end of the gorge, and the only possibility to leave the place is by ship. We had a guided tour which was practical as everything was organized. We haven’t seen much of the guide, though, he was quite fast! There are lots of tourist in the gorge, especially at the beginning it’s a bit unpleasing, but then the people spread in the gorge, so it’s okay.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

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