Two daytrip tips for people who love hiking the spectacular gorges on Crete. I have put them together because both trips have the same drive up by car till the beautiful Omalos Plateau and the exits are connected with a ferry.
A trip to the famous Samaria Gorge. You can go on an organized tour from Plakias, by bus or by car.
By bus you'll have to make a 2-day trip out of it and have an overnight stay in Chania or on the Omalos Plateau. For up to date bus schedules for the routes Plakias-Rethymno, Rethymno-Chania and Chania Samaria Gorge click the KTEL-Logo.
By car you drive Chania on the national road. You get off when you just passed Chania towards Omalos Plateau, via Vamvakopoulo, Episkopi, Lakkoi. This part of the drive is nothing less the spectacular. When you arrive at Omalos Plateau turn left and keep driving on the same road till you arrive at the parking next to the entrance of Samaria Gorge.
When you think of Crete and gorges, Samaria is the one most people know and is on many a bucket list. Starting at Omalos Plateau at 1250 meters you hike down 16km to Agia Roumeli at the Libyan Sea, a picturesque village with a beach and plenty of tavernas to refuel!.
This breath-taking gorge is open from the first of May till the end of October.
From here you can take the ferry to Sougia where a bus will be waiting to get you back to your car at the entrance of the Samaria Gorge on the Omalos Plateau. For the latest up to date bus schedules click the KTEL-Logo.
Tip: Going early means avoiding the big crowds!
A trip to the relatively unknown Agia Irini Gorge. You can go here by bus or car.
By bus you'll have make a 2-day trip out of it and have an overnight stay in Chania, on the Omalos Plateau or right at the entrance of the gorge. For up to date bus schedules for the routes Plakias-Rethymno, Rethymno-Chania and Chania Omalos/Agia Irini Gorge click the KTEL-Logo.
By car you drive Chania on the national road . You get off when you just passed Chania towards Sougia, via Vamvakopoulo, Episkopi, Lakkoi. When you just passed the village of Agia Irini you'll see the entrance to the gorge on your left. There is plenty of parking space. This part of the drive is nothing less the spectacular.
Agia Irini Gorge
A stunning, 10km, green gorge just north of Sougia. Starting just south of the village of Agia Irini and ending 2km before Sougia where you will find a taverna to get some refreshments or food (you can walk or take a taxi from here).
Entrance fee: €2,00 (after 08:00)
From Sougia there is a bus to Chania which can stop right in front of the entrance to the Agia Irini Gorge to get your car and drive back to Plakias.