The Samaria Gorge is one of the longest gorges in Europe. The 16 km hike through the Samaria Gorge begins at Xyloskalo on the Omalos plateau 1200 m high. To the south is a majestic view of Mt. Gygilos with its lunar landscape. Sheer cliffs and mighty peaks surround the fertile highland plain of Omalos where ancient olive trees still grow while below, the great gash of the Samaria gorge was carved by mountain torrents making their way steeply to the Libyan sea. According to Greek Mythology, one of the Titans living on Crete slashed the land with his knife to create the gorge while Cretan-born Zeus, the god of the heavens, placed his throne on top of Mt. Gygilos and raced his chariot on the nearby mountain plain of Angathoti.
Look from Xyloskalo by entering to Samaria Gorge
|A path drops down to the bottom of the gorge through a fragrant forest of pine and cypress trees. The cool sweet spring water is available in upper part of gorge.|
|The narrow canyon signed by sharp geological history.|
Sideroportes - Iron Gate offers a beutiful look.
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