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Beautiful trail, not too busy on October 22nd. Would rate as moderate as the trail itself is very easy, just long.

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

Wonderful hike- absolutely gorgeous. Starting early is key, avoids the mad rush of people and there’s more shade in the canyon than if you went through it mid day. Very rocky and the first kilometer or so is fairly steep so it’s hard on your knees. If you head out of the state park and walk (or catch a van ride down) 3km to the port, there is the most gorgeous water I’ve ever seen. The beach is free and renting a chair is 7 euro. Make sure to pack your bathing suit and take a dip on the Mediterranean Sea! We took a bus to the top and caught a ferry and bus to get back to Chania. (I think the company was called Elafannosis) Zero problem with the company but take drammamine for the bus rides. Those mountain roads are killer!

hiking
off trail
rocky
9 days ago

From the place to the monastery of the prophet Elijah the way is mostly very well developed. In the monastery there is a great little shop with some homemade jams, honey, soaps, but also icons and clerical books. From the monastery on the mountain, the trail is well signposted, but really very inhospitable and steep. The view is fantastic.

Great views

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Amazing canyon and beach. But we did half of trail with car. As we had kids and grandmoms, lucky we did that. First half would be dusty road with cars passing by. If possible, recommend going all the way to canyon parking with car.

on Samaria Gorge Trail

hiking
23 days ago

I recommend this trail for moderately experienced hikers. Wear HIKERS! It is so rocky. I did it in running shoes and I'm sure the feet are bruised. Dont rush this hike. Stop, look around at this most amazing and breath taking planet! The views are breath taking. It will make your heart sing!

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

This hike was stunningly beautiful and the beach at the end while waiting for the ferry absolutely amazing as well. Certainly a bucket-list-worthy hike. A few things to keep in mind I didn’t know going in: - the terrain is very rocky almost the whole way through. Expect to be stepping on/between rocks the whole time. Some are pointy, some are smooth, some are slippery, so keep that in mind as well. I did this hike in my train running shoes, and felt totally fine as a decently active regular hiker. Someone in my group had standard running shoes (Nike) and her feet were painful by the end. Something with a piece of plastic in the sole will help. - if you start the trail after 8:30a (ie you take a bus up to the trailhead) you’ll be trekking among hundreds of people almost the whole way through. Even on a weekday in the end of September, it’s tough to get away from the crowds. Most people are total amateur “hikers” who seem mildly offended when you want to pass them, even if you ask nicely (keep in mind most people wont speak English as their first language so asking nicely is not straightforward). Personally, I find this detracts significantly from the hiking experience but the beauty of the hike and the beach make it worth it anyways. - there is significant water gathering opportunities along the way. You really don’t need more than 1 L. I would recommend carrying empty bottles to fill at the end though if your trip home is long. - I had a pretty bad tour bus experience with KTEL. Would recommend avoiding them if possible. Didn’t have another way to get to the trailhead and shot myself in the foot with this one. If you do choose to take a tour bus, try to book your stay in Crete in Chania or somewhere closer to the trailhead so you won’t spend as much time traveling. - be careful driving on the mountain roads on Crete. Watch out for goats! Hopefully this review is helpful. Overall, I loved this experience and hope to return again someday :)

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

wow, beautiful hike, easy to follow. From the start to the tavern on the beach, my showed Garmin was 19.3km. We started at 7:35 am, few people. Once the trail was completed, we ate at Rousios (Taverne), excellent and then rented a parasol and 2 chairs (7 euros) for a nap while waiting for the ferry of 17: 30. no need for a guide :)

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike and beautiful! More shade than I thought, but we started at 8AM from the top. We were on one of the first busses to arrive. There are a lot of drinking water spots to refill, I certainly didn’t need to bring 3L of water like I did. Very steep and hard on the knees in the beginning, but the 2nd half is much flatter. Def recommend, but it is a long one!

Highlight of Hyrda during my stay. Well marked trail with incredible views. I ran it in a clockwise direction. Bring lots of water as the trails gets extremely hot as the day progresses.

A rocky and crowded trail with any inexperienced hikers. It has about a 3,000 foot drop and 10+ mile length. Most beautiful is the “Iron Gate,” the narrow section near the bottom.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

nice gorge hike but very crowded

hiking
1 month ago

We started further down and walked on the little-used road to the starting point of the trail, which is pretty good. The first part of the trail is very beautiful, it goes through the forest, there are many lookouts, from where you can see the coast of the island and the sea. the way is also very well marked. It's just a pity that everything runs back on the road, it would be better if there was still a route through the area.

walking
1 month ago

It was alright. The top of the lighthouse is closed which was disappointing. If you’re in the area and want a little walk in the sun it’s worth checking out. You might have a split moment to snap a shot of the lighthouse without many people but so many take pictures on the stairs and others have no regard for people trying to take photos and will walk right into the shot. There was a really smelly part that stunk like a bathroom that hasn’t been washed in years. If you walk the top ledge it gets kinda rocky, there’s stairs at the end but many older people hop off as it gets really bad.

Nice trail. However, it’s meaningless to start it in Toroni. It’s much better to start in the exit of Kofos, as, first of all, the beaches of Toroni and Kofos are overcrowded and have no interest, and most of the trail is following the highway with no passwalk. As for the rest of the trail the rocky mountain road leading to Lemnos beach is quite busy with cars, so be careful

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Really great walk. We started from near the bottom and walked up to the point the path departed the river near the top then headed back. Some great skinny dips in river pools on the way down. Path a bit inconsistent but easy enough to follow.

rocky af

I climbed Mount Sivri from the town of Ochyro on the south side of the mountain. I should have done via the town of Granitis because there is a very well maintained and marked trail that is used for competitive jogging. So from Ochyro (old dirt road, active quarry road and lumber road), it was boring until I hit Granite trail. The bush was magic until one arrives to grassy open field. Highly recommended but from Granitis town. Granite trail is about 17 km I do believed.

Absolutely stunning. Everything we wanted and more. It’s not too difficult - it’s entirely downhill (don’t trust the AllTrails altitude guide, it’s way off). I knocked a star off for the shear number of people. Many points during the day we were in standstill from a constant traffic jam. Get up early!! Still absolutely worth it though. Especially getting to the seaside and diving into crystal clear water. Amazing.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful and well-maintained.

Hike in full sun allowing access to a magnificent point of view on the acropolis of Lindos and the bay of Saint Jean. On the course, a windmill deserves to be saved from ruin. It will serve to shelter a time of the sun. To access the top of the mound follow the points in red paint. There is after the mill, a creek, ideal to take a dip. Sage scent and sea breeze are waiting for you

hiking
2 months ago

Really cool terrain hiking down a famous gorge in Crete. Dramatic gorge walls after the old Samaria village halfway down. Because of popularity it is a very busy trail (at least when I hiked mid-August). If I came back I would hike one of the other less crowded gorges. That said, scenery is spectacular and I don’t regret walking down. Bonus to this hike is that it ends at a beach so you can jump in the water to cool down.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing and breath taking. The view once you’ve climbed done into the Gorge is incredible. We did this walk in August. My three children were 6,9 and 11 and they all loved the walk. Water packs for all is essential plus sturdy footwear. Take plenty of snacks and enjoy the walk x

running
rocky
2 months ago

Very nice trail. I left early so that it wouldn't be too crowded (in August). Well kept and fun to run !

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