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A Worthy Alternative to the Samaria Gorge

I walked up the Samaria Gorge in July about 30 years ago (it was busy even then!) so I wasn't too... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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A Walk on the Wild Side

Not as easy as the guide books suggest, especially when it’s hot. We started at 11am on sept 5th... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2018
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The four-hour walk through the gorge takes you through beautiful, uncrowded scenery.
Sougia, Crete 73009, Greece
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I walked up the Samaria Gorge in July about 30 years ago (it was busy even then!) so I wasn't too disappointed to learn that it was closed for a few days following a heavy storm late September this year. In terms of sheer scale...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2018

Not as easy as the guide books suggest, especially when it’s hot. We started at 11am on sept 5th and found the heat intense. Although much woodland and shade down this gorge there are still many spots exposed to the sun. The track is quite...More

2  Thank ValentineH92
Reviewed 1 September 2018

We stayed in Agia Marina and decided to hike Agia Irini Gorge last week instead of Samaria because of the reviews. The drive to the Gorge was beautiful, winding through the mountains. We encountered mountain goats along the drive down. The Gorge was not crowded...More

Thank Alan D
Reviewed 9 August 2018

We had a minibus dropping us off at the north entrance of the gorge around 8:30am. There is one restaurant that seemed to be open so you might have been able to get breakfast but a little cafe-looking building was closed. Thankfully we had eaten...More

1  Thank salmiakkirae
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We decided to do this gorge as it is shorter than samaria and we have children with us. So we drove through the very windey but very scenic mountain road from chania, got there around 12.30 and had decided beforehand not to go all the...More

Thank Maz110
Reviewed 18 July 2018

We hiked the Agia Irini Gorge twice both ways. The longer hike we started from another end of Omalos Plateau from a small parking place and followed hiking route E4 towards the Gorge. The vertical was a bit more than 1000m so you need to...More

1  Thank KonowKr
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

We went to Sougia where we met the taxi driver, we followed him by car to the end of the walk of Agia Irini, next to the taverna. From there we all went in his car for 30minutes (30€) to start the walk at the...More

1  Thank Celine000111
Reviewed 26 June 2018

This hike is everything described in the tour books and reviews...except, the trail is not in the best of shape. Several years of bad weather have rendered the trail difficult to navigate. You must be in relatively good shape and able to climb over boulders...More

1  Thank Jim B
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We walked this down and up in May. We had headed up to Samaria but the cloud as low so came down. Irini was a really nice walk - we took 2 hours down and 2 back. Had a good breakfast at the taverna at...More

Thank JFH123
Reviewed 30 May 2018

We did the bottom end near sundown in March 2016 and it was full of flowers and orchids. Did both ends again late April 2018, and there was very little water at the top, and just one orchid inside the gorge (been a very dry...More

1  Thank HullMick_13
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29 February 2016|
Response from alleluiamichel | Reviewed this property |
We just bought regular bus tickets in Sougia, where we were staying.