Omalos Samaria Gorge
Samaria or the Samaria Gorge is one of the main attractions in Crete. Every tourist who visits Crete, either has already heard or will soon hear about this beautiful canyon.
The locals call Samaria "The valley" because of admiration for its beauty, but also to stand in relation to other smaller gorges in Crete. The gorge of Samaria is situated in western Crete, on the White Mountains range. It is the longest gorge in Europe with 18 km long. The gorge starts at Xyloskalo (altitude 1227 m), on the plateau of Omalos and ends at the seaside village of Agia Roumeli on the south coast. Nature in Samaria: the flora and fauna in the National Park of Samaria are extremely rich. In the gorge you will find unique species of plants and animals protected by international conventions. it is reported that inside the gorge there are 450 species of plants and according to the law it is not allowed to remove anything from the Samaria area, not even a flower. Do not see it as a strict law, but as the only way to protect the delicate ecosystem of Samaria, to continue be admired by thousands of visitors every year. In Samaria you can admire the forest with huge pines and cypresses, a picture from the past of Crete, when the island was covered by forests famous for their good quality of wood, ideal for making strong boats. While in the gorge it is not impossible to meet its famous residents, the wild goats of Crete, what the locals call "wild beasts" and the tourists "Kri - Kri". The wild goat is endemic to Crete and it is likely to encounter some of them at the village of Samaria, as they often approach the last houses of the village.