Braving The Majestic Samaria Gorge- Part III

Mediterranean | | September 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm




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On the right of the gorge, a relatively smallish river gently winds its course along the gorge vanishing near the village of Samaria and appearing yet again at ‘Springhead’. During the winter months, the river gets raucous and violent swallowing all that comes in its way. One comes across the Neroutsiko point or Little Water which is located a little further and has a fine bubbly spring.  Nearly 4.5kms from Xyloskalo, one comes across the St.Nicolas Church that was believed to have been constructed on the remnants of the primitive temple of Apollo. The dense cover of trees and the calm, nippy water make it the idyllic locale to unwind.

The trek through the Samaria Gorge would consume close to four or as much as eight hours, dependant on the speed one undertakes. Normally six hours is what one takes, particularly when one halts at varied locales to soak in the scenery or take a snap of the luxurious innate landscape.

A truly challenging trek for those unseasoned walkers not used to taking long strolls. Those who are in physically sound condition can quite easily take a trip down the gorge, though one should be ready for some serious stiffness and rigidity in the legs on the following day.

One needs to have a decent pair of trekking footwear, a head cover and a good quality sunscreen to start off with. The most treacherous part of the trek is the concluding three kilometres prior to the outlet from the National Park, with the scenery being mostly dry and without any shade. With loads of patience in hand, one could reach the alluring Agia Roumeli beach that is another hour’s stroll away.

Those who are not up to the arduous trek can take the short cut also known as the ‘Lazy Route’. The route is comparatively shorter commencing at the Agia Roumeli, going way up to the narrowed location of the gorge, also called the Iron Gates. At the Iron Gates, the Samaria Gorge constricts to such an extent that one could nearly feel both the sides as they precipitously soar up to 350metres on top of one’s head.

The smallest route is definitely the easier manner to feel a part though not the complete spellbinding experience of the Samaria Gorge. The gorge is normally open to all during the time periods from middle of April, way up to October, though a heavy rainfall could halt the entry in a bid to avert any fatality.

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3 Comments

  1. Nathan says:

    I am thankful that you have written such a well informed & complete article that is gonna be a help for my trek. As we were planning it for long time,yet it was diifcult to gauge the estimates of time for different people joining us. Your tips & routes were really helpful.

  2. Johny says:

    It’s really cool & kinda fun to combining a chilling at one of the onsens & a traditional shrine especially in festival times. I am curious to know about few more unmatched & unforgettable places. I am eagerly looking forward to your posts!

  3. Sue says:

    I really have a problem. I was planning the visit to Samaria Gorge & we hardly have 4 hours. In group of 10, all of them may not be good enough to finish it perfectly. What would you suggest?

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