Probably some of you are planning or even have already planned your trips to Crete this year. Certainly, some on the list of attractions they want to see during their stay on the island were also added to the passage of the Samaria Gorge . However, if your trip to Crete falls in the spring period, you should approach these plans with a large reserve this year. There are a lot of reasons that suggest that this year's opening of the Samaria Gorge entrance may be significantly delayed.
Road to the Omalos plateau, photo source www.neakriti.gr
Of course, this year's winter weather in Crete was the main influence on this situation. Ms. Maria Koziraki, who is involved in, inter alia, coordinating the operation of the Samaria National Park in an interview given yesterday for the neakriti.gr portal, said that one of the biggest problems is a complete lack of knowledge about the condition of the trail led through the gorge. One can only guess that damages to the park's infrastructure are likely to be significant after this year's heavy rains. Restoring the full functionality of the route and, above all, restoring the required level of security may take much longer than in previous years.
Ms Maria Koziraki also underlined that it is very difficult to identify the damage caused during heavy rains in the road network leading to the Omalos plateau. The situation is so difficult that at the moment "alternative routes are being sought, to get there at all and check for damage". In many places the road looks like in the picture illustrating this article. Restoration of traffic will require long-term work with the use of heavy equipment.
The Omalos plateau is currently a region that is practically cut off from the rest of Crete. Not only is there no means of access, but also power supplies are stopped and telecommunications infrastructure is not working.
The above-mentioned problems also need to be added to the fact that this year more snow is in the upper parts of the White Mountains than in previous years. It can be expected that it will dissolve much longer, affecting the rise of the water level of the stream flowing through the gorge.
All this makes determining the date when it will be possible to enter the ravine is very difficult. It is certainly unrealistic to maintain the traditional official opening date falling on May 1. Maria Koziraki is even more restrained in her assessments, who claims that the first question is whether the Samaria gorge will be available to tourists this year.
The latest news about the opening of the trail through the Samaria Gorge can be found in newsie: Planned opening date of the Samaria Gorge in 2019