Braving The Majestic Samaria Gorge- Part I

Mediterranean | | September 7, 2009 at 10:10 am




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Soaring rocky walls ascend thousands of feet with an inlet clattering against its rocky surfaces, rising from the mountains and slithering downwards to meet the far-away ocean. The sheer, raw thrill of Crete’s Samaria Gorge spans 10 miles prior to pouring out into the Libyan Sea. Apparently, Samaria is the longest spanning gorge in entire of Europe that peaks at certain points to sixteen hundred feet and tapers to a mere eleven feet. Rumoured for its obduracy, the Samaria Gorge is a must visit for its colossal proportions and an opportunity to sample the genuine wilds experience proffered by a country ideally well-known for its old civilization.

Trekking to the Samaria Gorge commences in the city of Hania with frequent, early dusk, bus departures. The bus journey winds through the quaint Lakki town that has hardly any dwellings that line the wayside and a pristine white church. Nearly two hours drive later is the Xyloskalo village. Eager visitors are disembarked in front of the Samaria National park’s entrance. Caretakers perched atop donkeys watch the area and help un-organized visitors that can’t finish the trek.

Samaria National ParkTrekkers throng the gorge for its exceptional locales and unique natural world. The famed prevalent occupants, feral goats known as kri-kri, an unusual form, hang about in the gorge. Apprehensions regarding the disappearance of these animals, locally known as the ‘agrimia’, catapulted the reason for the creation of the Samaria National Park. Though only a jammy few actually get to catch a peek of the kri-kri who at times are spotted in the village of Samaria when they come up to the dwellings at the periphery of the village.

The Samaria National Park displays an unusual proliferation of 450 unique floral forms and a wide-ranging wildlife. The delicate ecosystem of Samaria is staunchly preserved under the international law. The thick vegetation is bursting chiefly with towering pine and cypress whose timber is widely famed for their idyllic use in constructing rugged ships.

The primitive village of Samaria is the midway point to reach the gorge and is a fine chance to view the time-honouredBraving construction and to take a break. Its dwellers were repositioned during 1962 at the time of the gorge’s transformation to a national park. As one treads further downwards from the village lies the fourteenth century old chapel of Osia Maria or the Holy Mary, due to which ‘Samaria’ name was founded.

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5 Comments

  1. Andrew says:

    It’s one helluva idea! A terrific trek! The best part is that one can have a change with a visit to Chapel & get refreshed for trek again.

  2. Peter says:

    It’s rocking trek, literally! Guys, who haven’t done it yet, must go to have a blast. You would love it when rock & nature would mesmerize you. I did. Thanks Ricky, you brought some wild memories back.

  3. Georgia says:

    I would like to know what would be the exact duration of entire trek, including the breaks? It’s another cool one with amazing blend of wild, beauty & religion. You rock!

  4. Addy says:

    That’s adventurous kinda stuff I like. Dude, do you think of it as good site for rappelling? With that kinda hight, I am quite thrilled with the idea itself.

  5. Carter says:

    I liked the concept of Chapel on the way. Would there be some other ancient & interesting monuments around?

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