Monthly and daily number of visitors in Samaria Gorge

The gorge of Samaria is open only 6 months of the year (and sometimes a little more if it opens in April instead of May). During that time the variation between the busiest month (August) and the quieter months (May and September) is not huge: 100% at the most.

What may be more important if you want to avoid crowds in the gorge of Samaria is the choice of the day of the week: the bulk of gorge visitors come from all over Crete on bus excursions and there are definitely days with less buses than others. Unfortunately this changes from year to year so it's not possible to give you an accurate guideline of which days of the week are busier and which days are quieter.

The table below shows you visitors numbers for 25 years from 1981 to 2005. As you can see the yearly number of visitors diminished from its peak of almost 300.000 in 1993 to around 180.000 in 2005. Ten years later it is still around the same if not a little lower so the days of seeing up to 3000 visitors on really busy days are over. Nowadays, 1000 visitors per day is already considered a fairly busy day in Samaria.

Monthly number of visitors in Samaria Gorge for the period 1981-2005 - Click to enlarge
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