TIP 2: We recommend going to the Gorge entrance (Xyloskalo ) as early as possible (6-7 A.M.). You will avoid the tourist crowds, especially in July – August, you will have plenty of time for taking photographs and you will have plenty of time at the various stops that are available through the Samaria Gorge.
TIP 3: Visit the website www.samaria.gr to verify that it is open. Normally the Gorge is open from May till October, with some mild changes every year depending on the presence of water and snow inside the gorge that alternates its difficulty.
TIP 4: Samaria Gorge has a length of 16 kilometers. The length of the Gorge is 13 kilometers and there are another 3 kilometers after the 13 Km long hike which is a road that leads you to Agia Roumeli Village. Passing Samaria Gorge is a difficult task, and is advised that people with health problems, obese people, or pregnant women have to be extremely careful with this hiking.
TIP 5 : You need to have protective clothing (hats, sunglasses/sunscreen e.t.c.) and be careful of your condition as it is easy for you to get disoriented or have a mild heatstroke. Although in the Samaria Gorge there is an organized footpath you have to be careful and concentrated in order to avoid any problems. (There is a medical station in the middle of Samaria Gorge’s path, right where the old Samaria Settlement was and trained staff inside Samaria Gorge ready to assist you and also mules if you can’t walk further.)
TIP 6: We recommend you always carry a backpack through Samaria Gorge with all the essentials. Hikers always carry with them: Sunscreen, a hat, socks, some medicine for bees and wasps bites, some extra pairs of comfy clothing, dry food and fruits and water. There are natural sources throughout Samaria Gorge where you can drink water but carrying extra water in your backpack is surely a must as hydration is a major factor for having a good time.
TIP 7: Important crucial element for your hiking is comfy anatomic hiking boots. It is recommended to avoid sporty shoes. We believe the excellent ankle protection of hiking boots are really paramount here.
TIP 8: Charged cell phones are also a must in order to take unforgettable pictures of Samaria Gorge.
TIP 9: You don’t need to bring heavy and unwanted items with you. Large amounts of food is not necessary. There are many taverns at the Village of Agia Roumeli on your way out of the gorge.
TIP 10: Camping is prohibited. Camping gear is also unwanted. Avoid having extra weight such as any large bags with you which will put extra stress on your body which is unwanted.
TIP 11: Because many of us are not well trained, we may be exhausted and have swollen muscles and feet. This may continue for a few days which means that you will not be fully active for the next few days. We recommend that you visit Samaria Gorge on the very last days of your holidays.
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