Samaria is just one of the many gorges on Crete but it is definitely the best-known. This natural treasure lies in the heart of the Samaria National Park (also a UNESCO World Heritage site) which is home to numerous endemic species of plants and animals. Its breathtaking scale and impressive topography attract visitors from all over the world and the magnificent scenery will not leave the hike untouched.
A private tour with a mountain guide to the famous Samaria gorge. A classic hiking route for nature lovers. The gorge is located in the southwest of the island, in the province of Chania, between the White Mountains.
We start off in the cool mountain air and hike down the historic gorge, used as an escape route for the allied soldiers during WWII. For approx 3 hours, we follow the well-marked path under ancient cypress trees, until we reach the village of Komitades with sweeping views of the south coast!
After a short transfer to the little port of Sfakia, we meet our captain and in no time we are cruising along the coastline to Marmara beach… pure bliss!
The region of Apokoronas is known as one of the greenest and lushest areas in west Crete. We start our hike by going gently uphill to the picturesque village of Maheri, set against the impressive rock-cliff. The restored traditional houses give the village a unique feeling. A forgotten path leads us up to the church of Ypapanti and on to Paidochori village, the views across the valley are stunning!
This is an authentic adventure tour to experience the wild southern beauty combining perfectly the Cretan mountain with the Libyan sea.
Our path starts in the small village of Margarites well-known for its history in ceramics.
We follow the path along the valley to the tiny chapel of Agia Paraskevi decorated with old frescoes and arches. The path takes us up to the ridge and the small village of Ano Tripodo. From here we follow the small road downhill taking in panoramic views until we reach one of the oldest olive trees on the island! The old village buildings of Kato Tripodo display traditional architecture and many secrets of local, village life.
Starting from the main square of Argiroupolis, we gradually make our way through the village on cobbled alleyways and paths admiring the architecture of the Venetian buildings. The old, paved path we follow takes us down to the small chapel of the 5 Holy Virgins built into the rock. Alongside it, there are many rock-cut Roman tombs and huge plane trees, some almost 2000 yrs old!
Our path starts in the small village of Margarites well-known for its history of ceramics.
We follow the path along the valley to the tiny church of Agia Paraskevi decorated with old frescoes and arches. Over the ridge, we follow the path down to the extensive archaeological site of Ancient Eleftherna.