The Samaria Gorge is the most famous and largest gorge in Europe and a part of the European E4 hiking trail. It is a National Park, part of Natura 2000 and is protected all year. Horde of Tourists daily in the summer season are here to walk from the top to the bottom. For many visitors, it is the sole purpose of their visit to Crete. The length of the gorge reaches 14.5km and takes almost 5-7 hours to hike from Xyloskalo at Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli beach, depending on the trekking pace.From Agia Roumeli, you can get a ferry connection to Paleochora.