From Saturday, May 22, the first tourists this year will be able to enter the Samaria Gorge. However, as announced by the Chania Forest Directorate, only the lower part of the trail will be temporarily opened, i.e. a two-kilometer section between the entrance from Agia Roumeli to the Iron Gate - the most recognizable place of the gorge. The first visitors will be able to enter the National Park from 7:30 am.
The opening of the entire route between Xyloskalo and Agia Roumeli is not expected to take place until the next few weeks, when maintenance works on the entire main path are completed and the scattered waterfalls created after winter are removed.
Choosing to Samaria in the spring time, you should also take into account the "surprises" that may be caused by the change in weather. The Directorate of Chania Forests reserves that if the weather conditions change significantly and cause problems with moving along the trail, it will be possible to temporarily prohibit access to the park.
Although only a short section at the bottom of the trail will be initially available, it is worth remembering the general rules of moving around the Samaria Gorge. The most important rule of thumb is to walk along the designated trail and not stray from the path. An attempt to find "your" way may end in an unplanned and not very happy way. And we do not mean getting lost, but only the cases of entering the terrain, where stones fall or the route is not suitable for crossing. In mountainous terrain, it may not be possible to use a mobile phone and call for help.
The second important request, especially for people who smoke cigarettes, is to pay attention to cigarette butts. Everyone knows what the start of a fire may end up, especially in the period of the year, when Crete enters the period of increased fire risk.
In addition, you are probably wondering what the sanitary recommendations related to the epidemic look like, and you know what.
Tourists are advised to keep adequate gaps along the entire length of the path and in places to rest, at ticket offices, and to use disinfectants.
In places where tourists gather, ravine staff are required to wear masks, in the rest of the area it is recommended. The use of gloves by ravine workers is optional.
In the event that someone has the doubtful pleasure of ending a trip through Samaria on the back of a mule, the employee leading the pet is also required to wear a mask.
The mules in Samaria are not taxis. They are only used to transport injured or injured tourists.