The Samaria National Park opens for 2022, on Sunday, May 1, and until May 5, the entrance is possible only from the south, from Agia Roumeli to the resting place “Afentis Christos”. From Friday 6 May and if there are no security reasons for visitors, it will be accessible from both entrances, for the entire route.
The entrance for the visitors, who will cross the whole route, is allowed from 7.00 – 13.00.
Regarding the start of operation and the opening hours of the Samaria National Park for the year 2022 you can see on the official page of the White Mountains Management Agency.
You can see about the entrance tickets to the Samaria National Park here.
The Samaria National Park is the largest gorge in Europe, with a length of 18 km of indescribable natural beauty. It is rich in flowers and famous Cretan herbs and in some places you can see crystal clear waters springing from its rocks. It is also the “home” of the protected Cretan Goat. The famous kri-kri that survives in the caves and in the steep ravines of the gorge has become familiar with the passage of so many visitors every year and you may be one of the lucky ones who will see it even from afar.
The gorge starts at an altitude of 1,250m from “Xyloskalo” or otherwise “Wooden Stairs” is downhill for most of it, with an average walking duration of 4 to 6 hours. The rocky path is parallel to the riverbed and its narrowest point is 2m wide.
The last part of the Park – after the so-called “Iron Gates” – is a route 3km under the strong sun of Crete. If you do not want to walk this part of the route, you can board a small bus that makes this distance to the beach of Agia Roumeli, for a small fee.
After reaching the village of Agia Roumeli, you can enjoy your swim in the Libyan Sea or your meal in one of the taverns of the village, until the afternoon, when the last boat departs for Chora Sfakion or Sougia and Paleochora. However, you always have the choice of accommodation, since Agia Roumeli has several rooms for rent.
You can see about the return itineraries from Agia Roumeli with the boats of ANENDYK.
We with “Kreta Destinations” plan weekly trips starting from the area of Sfakion (Frangokastello, Lakkous etc) with a minimum participation of 6 people and a maximum of 8. The participation cost is 40 Euros/person and includes the transfer to Omalos and the return from the port of Chora Sfakion to your accommodation. For children under 10 years the cost of participation is 20 Euros. The child seats you will need are provided free of charge.
To register, please contact us.
Every week we also plan excursions from the area of Plakias (Rodakino, Damnoni etc) with a minimum participation of 6 people and a maximum of 8. The participation cost is 45 Euros/person and includes the transfer to Omalos and the return from the port of Chora Sfakion to your accommodation. For children under 10 years the cost of participation is 20 Euros. The child seats you will need are provided free of charge.
To register, please contact us.
These excursions take place only if the minimum participation of 6 people is completed. They do not include a guide or guide during the walk or the return tickets by boat to Chora Sfakion, from Agia Roumeli.
We can also take your transfer from anywhere to the gorge of Samaria and return you to your accommodation after arriving at the port of Chora Sfakion, with a private transfer from “Kreta Destinations”. If child seats are needed, they are provided free of charge. The transfer does not include a tour guide or guide during the walk or the return tickets by boat, from Agia Roumeli.
If you want a private transfer, please fill out the contact form to receive our offer.
We also offer airport transfers and private transfers anywhere in Crete. We organize the excursions you request from us and we suggest you routes that are worth enjoying. We can serve up to 8 passengers with our vehicle and we have different offers, depending on the number of people we will transport.