FEEL ADVENTUROUS AT SAMARIA GORGE IN CRETE
The gorge was formed by a small river which runs between the White Mountains and Mount Volakias. The village of Samaria used to be located inside of the gorge, but was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the Samaria Gorge Park. The village and the gorge take their names from the village’s ancient church, Óssia María.
The Samaria National Park is exceptionally rich in plant and animal life. In the gorge you will find unique species protected under international law. It is said that there are 450 plant species in the gorge, and not a single flower may be removed from Samaria, by law. Don’t see this as a pointlessly strict rule, but as the only way to protect the delicate ecosystem of Samaria so that thousands of visitors can continue to enjoy it each year.
Inside the gorge you may even meet its famous inhabitants, the wild goats of Crete, which the locals call ‘agrimia’ and tourists call ‘kri-kri’. The Cretan wild goat is endemic to Crete and you will probably see some in the village of Samaria, as they often approach the houses at the edge of the village.