Do Visit The Longest Gorge In Europe, The Samaria Gorge, If You Love The Diversity Of Life
The island of Crete offers a lot to those enthusiastic about the environment and its conservation. It houses the Samaria Gorge. This is a National Park founded in 1962 that finds itself on Crete. This has been declared a World's Biosphere Reserve too.
Like all gorges, this one was also formed by the action of a river passing through two mountains, White Mountains and Mount Volakias. The gorge is 16 km in length. This makes it the longest gorge in Europe. It provides a perfect place for those with a passion for nature, and particularly those who are inclined towards hiking over long stretches. The area has a rich diversity of flowers and colors, particularly in the months of April and May.
Do bring your camera along when you come to the gorge. You might get a glimpse of an endangered species of Cretan wild goat. The area around the gorge has been declared to be a national park, where shooting and killing of animals is not allowed. Efforts directed at preservation of the kri-kri were initiated in 1962, and are still on.
The initial trek of 6km is sure to bring you in close contact with Samaria. This is the name of the locality to which the natives of the area were shifted when it was turned into a national park. The gorge is named Smaria Gorge to honor those who had to lose their homes for the purpose of the gorge. The village stands in a position north of an ancient church set up in honor of Saint Maria of Egypt.