Crete

My wife Mel and I hiked the Samaria Gorge in south-western Crete at the end of summer in 2009. The Gorge is a tough but enjoyable 16km trek through ever-changing terrain from the mountaintops to the seashore at Agia Roumeli. It should be an essential part of any Greek itinerary. To get there, it is about an hour by bus from Hania in the north-west of Crete, or at least two hours from Rethymno. The Gorge is a world-class national park and there is no camping available inside it. The only way in and out is by foot or by donkey. The hike must be...

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