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samaria gore

spain
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samaria gore

Hello,

One more question for the crete-lovers!

Isn't it too hot to do samaria gore in summer? Is it really worth to do it with all the heat?. In case it is, what is the combination for doing it from rethymnon, own car o bus???

Thank you very much

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No one is forcing you down the Samaria Gorge, it is entirely up to you, some people never go down the gorge as it of no interest to them. Of course it is very hot in summer, however the plataeux where you start is quite cool in early summer anyway.

There is an early morning bus from Rethymnon, same procedure as from Chania, though you will probably have to change at Vrysses to get back to Rethymnon.

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If it gets too hot they close the gorge. it was closed when we were there when it reached 38 degrees because it was too dangerous.(2 weeks ago)

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Whether it’s worth it or not depends on you. The scenery is magnificent from the bus ride to the entrance, through the descent, all the way to the ferry ride along the coast leading to another bus ride with spectacular views. How that measures up against intense heat depends on how much you’d enjoy the experience versus how well you tolerate heat. As Retired Hippy points out, the first stretch will likely be cool. Another factor to consider in summer is the crowds. For some, the scenery is stunning enough to dwarf the hordes of trekkers; others prefer a less crowded commune with nature. Crete is a great place for walking, so you’ll have plenty of shorter possibilities for hikes if you decide to forgo the gorge.

Happy hiking!

Susan

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Hi there

The other main consideration is that it will be packed out in the peak months so if you were expecting a leisurely stroll with the place almost to yourself, that won't be the case I'm afraid.

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I'm always amazed by the lemming-like tendency of travellers to flock to the most-hyped destination ... even if another can give just as good an experience or even better.

The Imbros gorge takes 3-4 hours at most to hike, half the time of Samaria. Yet it has just as lovely scenery, is just as deep -- and in it's narrow part is just as narrow as Samaria... the slimmest bit, u can almost touch each side with outstretched arms. Yet Imbros attracts NO tours or charter-bus crowds, thus u don't get the looong lines of people looking at one another's back. And the path is quite shaded much of the way, so doesn't get as bakingly achingly hot.

How do you get there? What does it look like? Well, you can "google" and get plenty of information, including a txt & diagram guide to the trail. To get there you can take a bus to Imbros village. OR drive from Rethymnon to the village and park car at entrance to gorge. At the end, you walk about a KM to a taverna where there are plenty of waiting taxis. If you want you can take a taxi to the beach for a swim and then come back, or just take taxi up the (many-switchbacks) road to Imbros -- cost about 20E -- and get your car or bus from there.

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OK, thanks to all of you, taking into account there are buses, we will probably leave the decision to do it or not, depending on how we feel like in Crete (maybe it's too hot or we have left more places to see).

Thanks for suggesting doing another gore, it's another good point to think about. I'll google it.

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Hi T J

With all respect though, the guide books all predominently feature the Samaria and a casual investigation of "things to do on Crete", especially if you enjoy a good hike, would probably fall short of discovering Imbros, Kourtoliotika and the other equally wonderful gorges across the south coast.

I too would far rather amble down the Imbros than spend all day looking at someone's backside in the Samaria!!

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