Crete island explorer: gorges of the South-West
On the south side of the Aegean Sea lies a remote piece of land so mythical and meanwhile so warm and welcoming. Undoubtedly, it is a paradise for adventure-seekers, hikers or just nature lovers. With a stunning view across the deep blue waters of the sea, the coastline of Crete is proudly named Europe’s most impressive seaside! The majestic high mountains fall steeply into the salty waters of the Libyan Sea and it seems like the connection between the Earth and water is infinite. Wonder how to explore this unique beauty? A self-guided walking trek around at your own pace is the right answer. In just a week you will pass from Irini Gorge, full of fragrant oleander bushes, up to the picturesque plateau of Omalos where you will spend one of your overnights. The trails will take you to the world-famous Samaria Gorge. The program will unlock your romantic side as part of the journey will be the visit of the charming village Loutro, surrounded by harsh rocky hills. The last trek of your independent journey will be a little bit challenging compared to the past hikes but definitely worth doing! A great chance to explore the Aradena Gorge and leave Crete with precious and beautiful memories. On top of these, all of the food lovers will be fully satisfied with the delicious local cuisine and refreshing beverages!
- Duration8 Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
- What is included7 nights accommodation on B&B basis (2 in Paleochora, 1 in Sougia, 1 in Omalos, 1 in Agia Roumeli and 2 in Loutro); All luggage transfers; Transfer Paleochora-Azogirai on day 2 OR ferry ticket Paleochora-Elafonissi if boat is operational combined with transfer Kryos beach-Paleochora; Transfers Sougia-starting point Irini gorge and Agios Theodoros (end of Irini gorge)-Omalos; Transfer Omalos-Xyloskala (start of Samaria gorge); Emergency hotline; Detailed road book and maps in English;
- What is not includedAdmissions and entrance fees of any kind (appr. 7 Euros for Samaria and Irini gorges); Drinks and other meals; City tax (payable locally in the hotels; 0,5-1,5 Euro/night)
- Best periodApril, May, June, July, August, September, October