One of the most visited attractions of Crete is the gorge
of Samaria. A walk through the gorge of Samaria has become a must for visitors who are fit enough
and over a quarter of a million people trudge through it
each year. Needless to say, the natural beauty and the magical
atmosphere are somewhat marred by the crowds.
There are over 50 other gorges in the White Mountains, none as long as Samaria (although the gorge of Tripiti comes a very close second) but each with its own "personality" and few or no other people to disturb the peace. Give them a try.
Some of these gorges are short and easy walks, some are very difficult and dangerous. Inform yourself about the level of difficulty before venturing into them. One rule applies to all the gorges: do not walk in a gorge after heavy rains (or whilst it is raining of course), not so much because there is a danger of floods but because of the increased risk of stones falling from the cliffs.
The next couple of pages show photos of the 4 most popular and accessible gorges in the South-West of Crete.
The first page shows photos of the gorge of Samaria as well as a couple of photos of Imbros.
Click on images to enlarge. Use the ► and ◄ to move forward or back or click again to close