Samaria Gorge reopens on Saturday


The famous Samaria Gorge in southwestern Crete will reopen for visitors from 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Trekkers entering the 16-km-long gorge, which stretches from Xyloskalo to Aghia Roumeli, will have to wear face masks and follow the health protocols presented at the entrance.

“The Samaria Gorge is a unique natural ecosystem of great beauty and its crossing is a very difficult and lengthy process,” the announcement said, urging visitors to respect health rules. 

The gorge became a national park in 1962, particularly as a refuge for the rare kri-kri (Cretan goat), which is largely found in the park and an island just off the shore of Agia Marina.