Crete Day 4 — Samaria Gorge

Our fourth day of hiking took us into Crete’s most famous gorge… Samaria Gorge.  Carrying out the hike involves using a combination of buses and ferries, which I will explain more about in the trip report later.  The hike was outstanding and it was easy to see why hiking Samaria Gorge is one of the most popular tourist activities on the island.  Samaria Gorge easily rivals the canyons in places like Zion back home for pure scenic beauty on a grand scale.  As in all of the gorges here, Cretan wild goats are the most frequent wildlife spotted along the trail.

Cretan wild goats are found frequently along the trail
Cretan wild goats are found frequently along the trail
The beginning of the lengthy high narrows starts about 10km into the hike
The beginning of the lengthy high narrows starts about 10km into the hike
The highly photographed Iron Gates marks the end to the narrows near the mouth of the gorge
The highly photographed Iron Gates mark the end to the narrows near the mouth of the gorge