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View of the Samaria Gorge on the Greek island of Crete | by Peace Correspondent
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View of the Samaria Gorge on the Greek island of Crete

This is a view of the entrance to Crete's famous Samaria Gorge from the meeting point area called Xyloskalo. The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece on the island of Crete - a major tourist attraction of the island - and a World's Biosphere Reserve.


The gorge is in southwest Crete in the prefecture of Chania. It was created by a small river running between the White Mountains (Lefká Óri) and Mt. Volakias. It is 16 km long, starting at an altitude of 1,250 m at the northern entrance, and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli.


A "must" for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea, at which point tourists sail to the nearby village of Hora Sfakion and catch a coach back to Chania. The walk takes 4–7 hours and can be strenuous, especially at the height of summer.

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Taken on January 25, 2005