In the end, we can give you good information about the opening of the entire trail leading through the Samaria Gorge . Authorities of the National Park today reported that the official opening of the Xyloskalo - Agia Roumeli route will take place tomorrow, 10 May at 7.30 . Although these were preliminary assumptions, it was not certain until the very end that this deadline would be met. All the time, repair work was taking place in the ravine, which hindered the weather.
In spite of tomorrow's inauguration, the management of the Forest District of Chania, however, warns that if the weather conditions deteriorate, the trail may be temporarily closed. So if you are currently in Crete and you plan to go to Samaria, we suggest that you keep track of the availability of the route. We will also keep you informed about any changes.
The opening of the full route leading through this longest gorge of Europe is always an event expected by tourists. Although at the end of April a 2-kilometer southern part of the trail was made available (the so-called Lazy Samaria, an episode from Agia Roumela to Żelazne Wrót), it was not very popular. The average number of tourists entering the area of the ravine from the side of Agia Roumeli oscillated between 50 and 100 people.
On the occasion of the opening of the entire trail, the authorities of the National Park remind of the most important issues related to security. The Samaria Gorge belongs to the monument of the natural and cultural heritage of Greece, so every visitor is responsible for its protection.