Through the Samaria Gorge
We arrive in Crete at the beautiful Venetian town of Khania. Waking here on our first morning we visit the old town and harbour area before winding our way into the White Mountains and the Omalos Plateau. Our first walks take us into the mountains themselves, where traditional goat-herds tend their flocks and amazing views into the Samaria Gorge can be seen. Moving onwards we descend the winding and awesome canyon of Samaria - Europe's longest and most spectacular gorge (6-8 hour hike) - to emerge at the old fishing village of Ayia Roumeli, where we board the ferry to Loutro.
Cretan Village Life
The next days are spent either relaxing by the water or hiking along this dramatic stretch of coast, sculpted by deep ravines and dotted with old castles, ruined churches and forts. We discover secluded coves and sandy beaches, and perhaps make a sortie along ancient pathways to the Aradhena Gorge. Finally, we base ourselves in the lively Cretan village of Zaros (640m) - a thriving agricultural community in the foothills of the Idi Mountains. Here we visit a friendly working monastery and hike through the spectacular ravines and canyons, before ending at the capital, Heraklion.
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