Omalos, Samaria Gorge and Agia Roumeli

The biggest and very fertile high plateau of Crete is Omalos on 1100m above sea level. It is covered in snow in winter time. You can stay and eat in one of the family rin traitional tavernas and start your hike up to the Gigilos mountain.

The by far most famous walk in Crete starts in Omalos down the National Park of the Samaria gorge. Opened only in summer time you can walk down 16km to Agios Roumeli at the Libyan Sea in the south of Crete. It is the second longest gorge in Europe. Passing through the “Iron Gate” at the lower part of the gorge is very impressive: stone walls on both sides are 300m high and the pass is only 4m wide.

Note: You have to pay a small entrance fee to the National Park.

At the lower end of the gorge you arrive in the small Fishing Village of Agia Roumeli on the South Coast. You can also reach it by boat from Sougia and Chora Sfakia or walk from the villages on the European hiking trail E4.