We wrote on our website more than once about the fact that, for obvious reasons, the past year and the last tourist season that ended a long time ago were very specific. So it should come as no surprise that this year's statistics of visits to the Samaria Gorge are very weak compared to previous years. The authorities of the National Park managing this place informed that only a little over 56 thousand people traveled the route through the gorge this year. guests. We only write, because last year the number of guests reached the value of about 159 thousand. people.
Of course, the low turnout of tourists vacationing in Crete had the greatest impact on obtaining such a poor result. However, what also strongly influenced the number of visitors to Samaria was the much shorter period of entry to the park. Due to the waiting for the lifting of restrictions related to the coronavirus and the need to develop sanitary procedures, the inauguration of the accessibility of the route took place on June 27. For the length of the tourist season, the Samaria Gorge also had capricious weather during this fall. Due to heavy rainfall, the trail had to be closed on October 27th.
The Samaria Gorge was most visited in August, when a total of around 21.5 thousand people visited this place throughout the month. people (in previous years, in the high season, the gorge was visited by over 30 thousand people per month). September and July were much worse in terms of the number of guests. In these months, the number of visitors was approximately 14.5 thousand, respectively. and 11.5 thous. people per month. In total, 56 287 tourists traveled through the Samaria Gorge throughout the season. This means that, compared to the previous year, the number of guests decreased by approximately 64.6%.
Interestingly, in this specific year, not only the total number of tourists changed, but also their structure. Compared to previous years, the percentage of people for whom the visit to the Samaria Gorge was not the first visit has significantly increased. According to surveys conducted among tourists entering the park, as many as 40% of people declared that this was another visit to the Samaria Gorge for them. In recent years, the percentage of tourists returning to this place fluctuated around 10%.
It is also noteworthy that this year the Samaria Gorge was also very popular among Greek tourists. A particularly large percentage of domestic visitors entering the park was recorded at the beginning of the tourist season. Certainly, travel restrictions as well as the overall climate of uncertainty caused by the pandemic have had the greatest impact on this. Greeks, including those living on the continent, were much more likely to choose a holiday within their country.