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Imbros gorge in Crete

 

The Imbros Gorge is a great alternative to the famous, crowded, but also demanding Samaria. For those who come to Crete not only during the tourist season, it is also important that the Imbros Gorge is open all year round. However, you have to take into account that extremely unfavorable weather may cause it to be closed for several days. It is not a difficult route, so you can meet guests of all ages, often families with children. A huge plus is that at least so far it is not as crowded as Samaria. Even in high season, you can take beautiful photos without the random "guests". The length of the ravine is about 8 km, with a level difference of 600 m. The initial section does not seem interesting, ie a straight path covered with pebbles. However, with time, it first turns into low rocks, which are getting higher with each kilometer, and the space between them becomes narrower. At its climax, where everyone stops for a photo shoot, the gorge is 1.6m high and the vertical rocks are 300m high. As the road is quite winding, this section of the route is even more impressive for tourists.

 

The Imbros Gorge and the history of Crete

 

At a time when the island was under Turkish rule, Christians who found it difficult to come to terms with the introduction of a new religion fought against the occupiers in these areas. The most famous and greatest uprisings took place in 1821 and 1867.

It is worth knowing that the gorge used to be a link between Chania and Sfakia. In 1941, the Allied troops defending Crete fled this way from the invaders to Sfakia, from where they continued their submarines to Egypt.

 

Organization of the trip to the Imbros gorge:

 

  • It's best to come by rented car.
  • You can leave your car in front of the inn (navigation coordinates 35.248174, 24.168043). Parking is free as long as you buy something. My husband and I both bought coffee.
  • Then on foot - you have to walk a bit to the place where the tickets are sold, the price in 2019 is 2.50 € - the receipt is valid - it works at the exit.
  • After crossing the gorge, a small bus is waiting for you, which will take you to the tavern where your car is left for a small amount.
  • I was walking on both sides of the ravine but I must admit it was quite tiring for me.

 

My subjective advice:

 

Good shoes are essential. Even if the trail is not very difficult, it is rocky. It's a pity for the holidays for sprained ankle problems.

There are no shots with water like in Samaria. So you need to take the right amount of drinks.

Organization of the trip to the Imbros gorge:

 

  • It's best to come by rented car.

  • You can leave your car in front of the inn (navigation coordinates 35.248174, 24.168043). Parking is free as long as you buy something. My husband and I both bought coffee.

  • Then on foot - you have to walk a bit to the place where the tickets are sold, the price in 2019 is 2.50 € - the receipt is valid - it works at the exit.

  • After crossing the gorge, a small bus is waiting for you, which will take you to the tavern where your car is left for a small amount.

  • I was walking on both sides of the ravine but I must admit it was quite tiring for me.

 

 

My subjective advice:

 

Good shoes are essential. Even if the trail is not very difficult, it is rocky. It's a pity for the holidays for sprained ankle problems.

There are no shots with water like in Samaria. So you need to take the right amount of drinks.

The Imbros Gorge and the history of Crete

 

At a time when the island was under Turkish rule, Christians who found it difficult to come to terms with the introduction of a new religion fought against the occupiers in these areas. The most famous and greatest uprisings took place in 1821 and 1867.

It is worth knowing that the gorge used to be a link between Chania and Sfakia. In 1941, the Allied troops defending Crete fled this way from the invaders to Sfakia, from where they continued their submarines to Egypt.

Imbros gorge in Crete

 

The Imbros Gorge is a great alternative to the famous, crowded, but also demanding Samaria. For those who come to Crete not only during the tourist season, it is also important that the Imbros Gorge is open all year round. However, you have to take into account that extremely unfavorable weather may cause it to be closed for several days. It is not a difficult route, so you can meet guests of all ages, often families with children. A huge plus is that at least so far it is not as crowded as Samaria. Even in high season, you can take beautiful photos without the random "guests". The length of the ravine is about 8 km, with a level difference of 600 m. The initial section does not seem interesting, ie a straight path covered with pebbles. However, with time, it first turns into low rocks, which are getting higher with each kilometer, and the space between them becomes narrower. At its climax, where everyone stops for a photo shoot, the gorge is 1.6m high and the vertical rocks are 300m high. As the road is quite winding, this section of the route is even more impressive for tourists.


 

The Samaria Gorge in Crete

 

It is the longest gorge in Crete and is certainly the most famous. The total length is about 18 km, but 16 km is open. It is located in the Samaria National Park. Apparently, only here are wild goats called kri-kri. All the others, even in the mountains, are domesticated goats. The gorge is named after the town of Samaria, where 14th-century frescoes have been preserved in a small church.

The trail starts about 1 km south of the village of Omalos, at an altitude of 1,227 meters above sea level We descend very quickly down wooden stairs to the level of approx. 600 m above sea level. Further on, the route is rocky and runs along the edge of a stream. The most famous point is the so-called Steel Gates, where high vertical rock walls are only 3.5 m apart.

 

Organization of the trip to the ravine:

 

 

  • You can do it yourself or as part of an optional trip. The description below is for the rental car tour only.
  • The entrance to the gorge is located high in the mountains in the village of Omalos (car park coordinates: 35.30881, 23.91783). Getting here is not the easiest thing. Steep and winding roads extend travel times. That's why it's worth getting up very early in the morning (it's never too early here).
  • Parking, at least for now, is free.
  • The entrance to the Samaria National Park, which is the gorge, costs 5, - €
  • Please keep your ticket as it is re-checked upon departure.
  • The crossing of the gorge takes 4 ÷ 6 hours.
  • From Ajia Rumeli at The boat departs at 5:30 pm, costs approx. € 11
  • I know it's a small consolation, but there are small hotels waiting for latecomers.
  • In the village of Sougia, there are small buses that will take you to the parking lot in Omalos for approx. 6 € after leaving the ship

 

My subjective advice:

 

 

  • Take good shoes! Why? Especially for the Samaria Gorge, I took from home shoes that we have been using for many years during my trips to the mountains. After 10 km, successive layers of the sole began to peel off. I walked the last kilometer in flip-flops. On the way, I saw people in delicate shoes, with a scarf tied to their feet, often rubbed with blood. That's why I always believe that good shoes are essential.
  • It is not worth carrying water with you. There are many intakes of very good clean water on the trail.
  • Take a lot of photos, but don't fill the memory card completely. That's why I don't have a single photo. The four photos I publish are from the bank of free photos. Therefore, unfortunately, they do not reflect the climate and landscape of the Samaria Gorge.

The Samaria Gorge in Crete

 

It is the longest gorge in Crete and is certainly the most famous. The total length is about 18 km, but 16 km is open. It is located in the Samaria National Park. Apparently, only here are wild goats called kri-kri. All the others, even in the mountains, are domesticated goats. The gorge is named after the town of Samaria, where 14th-century frescoes have been preserved in a small church.

The trail starts about 1 km south of the village of Omalos, at an altitude of 1,227 meters above sea level We descend very quickly down wooden stairs to the level of approx. 600 m above sea level. Further on, the route is rocky and runs along the edge of a stream. The most famous point is the so-called Steel Gates, where high vertical rock walls are only 3.5 m apart.

Organization of the trip to the ravine:

 

  • You can do it yourself or as part of an optional trip. The description below is for the rental car tour only.

  • The entrance to the gorge is located high in the mountains in the village of Omalos (car park coordinates: 35.30881, 23.91783). Getting here is not the easiest thing. Steep and winding roads extend travel times. That's why it's worth getting up very early in the morning (it's never too early here).

  • Parking, at least for now, is free.

  • The entrance to the Samaria National Park, which is the gorge, costs 5, - €

  • Please keep your ticket as it is re-checked upon departure.

  • The crossing of the gorge takes 4 ÷ 6 hours.

  • From Ajia Rumeli at The boat departs at 5:30 pm, costs approx. € 11

  • I know it's a small consolation, but there are small hotels waiting for latecomers.

  • In the village of Sougia, there are small buses that will take you to the parking lot in Omalos for approx. 6 € after leaving the ship

My subjective advice:

 

  • Take good shoes! Why? Especially for the Samaria Gorge, I took from home shoes that we have been using for many years during my trips to the mountains. After 10 km, successive layers of the sole began to peel off. I walked the last kilometer in flip-flops. On the way, I saw people in delicate shoes, with a scarf tied to their feet, often rubbed with blood. That's why I always believe that good shoes are essential.

  • It is not worth carrying water with you. There are many intakes of very good clean water on the trail.

  • Take a lot of photos, but don't fill the memory card completely. That's why I don't have a single photo. The four photos I publish are from the bank of free photos. Therefore, unfortunately, they do not reflect the climate and landscape of the Samaria Gorge.


 

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