Samaria or the Samaria Gorge is one of the main sights of Crete. Every tourist who visits Crete will have heard of this beautiful gorge or soon will.
The locals call it the “Farangi” or “Great Gorge” both as a testament to its beauty and to differentiate it from the many other, smaller gorges of Crete. The Samaria Gorge is in west Crete, in the White Mountains. It is the longest gorge in Europe, with a length of 18 kilometres.
The gorge starts at Xyloskalo (1227 m. above sea level) on the Omalos Plateau and runs down to the seaside village of Ayia Roumeli on the south coast of Crete.