Samaria Gorge Trail is a 15.9 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Palaiá Agía Rouméli, Crete, Greece that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 15.9 km Elevation Gain: 2,809 m Route Type: Point to Point

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rocky

An absolute must-do if you are a hiker and want to experience Crete in it's mountainous glory. The hike begins high in the mountains and for the first few miles it is a winding decent down the slope of the mountain. With all the busses dropping off the tour groups it begins very busy but after the first few miles each team sets their own pace and the slack opens up. As the mountain portion ends, the remainder of the decent is following the path of a dried river bed - so lots of rocks and boulders as the terrain! The mountainous scenery and the cliffside vistas are truly spectacular! Easy enough walk but you are occasionally sharing the trail with donkeys. The trail follows a clear creek that you can drink from and passes many Byzantine ruins.

washed out
3 months ago

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

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rocky
7 months 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!

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rocky
7 months ago

recorded Recording - Sep 30, 02:25 PM

hiking
8 months 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!

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rocky
8 months 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 :)

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rocky
8 months ago

wow, belle randonnée, facile a suivre. Du départ jusqu'a la taverne sur la plage, ma montré Garmin indiquait 19.3km. On a débuté a 7:35am, peu de monde. Une fois la trail complétée, nous avons mangé chez Rousios (Taverne), excellent et ensuite loué un parasol et 2 chaises (7 euros) pour une sieste en attendant le traversier de.17:30. pas besoin de guide:)

hiking
8 months 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!

hiking
8 months ago

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.

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rocky
8 months ago

nice gorge hike but very crowded

rocky af

hiking
9 months ago

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.

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rocky
9 months ago

Beautiful and well-maintained.

hiking
9 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
9 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

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rocky
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Easy downhill trek. Hardest part was the heat as you arrive in the gorge in the afternoon heat. A nice day hike, and if you can, overnight in Agia Roumeli after the hike. It’s a gong show the crowd trying to get on the 5.30 ferry!

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rocky
9 months ago

Je ne suis pas une grande fan des descentes mais la pente est plutôt douce après les 2 premiers km. Beaucoup de cailloux, privilégiez les chaussures montantes. Magnifiques paysages, pas une multitude de touristes (visiblement les gens préfèrent la plage) et tant mieux! Nous l’avons faite tranquillement avec des pauses de 10h00 à 15:30. Un ferry à la fin vous emmène à Sougia pour reprendre un bus où vous avez garé votre voiture au départ de la rando. Journée longue mais à ne pas rater si vous aimez marcher.

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rocky
10 months ago

Gorgeous the entire way!!! As described, this is all downhill so if you’ve got knee issues, this will hurt. Listen to your body. Beautiful views, the old settlements were a wonderful diversion from the trail. If you have an opportunity to do this hike, I highly recommend it. It’s an experience you will carry with you forever.

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rocky
10 months ago

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rocky
10 months ago

North-south this is a mostly downhill trail. Lots of midsize rocks so footing can be tricky & can be hard on knees / ankles if that’s an issue. Plenty of potable water and WCs along the trail. I would rate this direction as “medium”. Bring a bathing suit to jump in the ocean afterwards!

hiking
10 months ago

amazing and hard

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rocky
10 months ago

This trail is beautiful but hard! We wore tennis shoes and our feet were sore. Wear hiking boots! There are so many rocks. A very small portion of the trail is a flat path. With all that, it was still worth it. Right outside the gorge exit is the most delicious freshly squeezed orange juice you’ll ever drink. The village/town after the trail is small with lots of shops, restaurants and the beach. Be sure to check ferry times before starting the hike so you can plan accordingly.

hiking
11 months ago

One of most beautiful hikes I have ever made!

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rocky
11 months ago

Beautiful in parts and well traversed in others, the gorge proved to be a worth while way to spend the day. I would recommend ankle support, the downhill and side to side activity is relentless.

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rocky
11 months ago

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Sun May 19 2019

very very beautiful, but way too crowded. people will practically race you so you don’t pass them, and when you finally get around them, they fall way back!!

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rocky
Sat May 18 2019

Lovely, fragrant, tons of lovely, freshwater pools to rest near. There are regular water stops and you can always drink from the stream as you’re often walking near or in it. Charming surprises along the way such as a chapel and a village. I wouldn’t say this is a must do for Crete, though, the free coastal trails are world class. But if you’re committed to checking out a gorge, this is the one. Wear STRUDY hiking BOOTS if you want to be able to walk the next day!!

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