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The Gorge of Samaria in Crete


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The Gorge of Samaria in Crete is the gorge that Apollo fell in love with a nymph

One of the most famous gorges of Greek territory, which receives thousands of visitors each year, is the Samaria Gorge in Crete. At the foot of the Alpine White Mountains, in the region of Sfakia, the 16 km long gorge starts at an altitude of 1,222 meters to reach the shores of the Libyan Sea. Part of the National Park of Samaria characterized today as one of the largest uninhabited regions of Europe.

In the flamboyance of the gorge, where the mythology named Tara, who was the god Apollo fell in love with the nymph Akakkalida home of poet Karmanora and from their union came the founders of the city Elyrou, Filandros outpost and, according to Pausanias .

In later years, the gorge of Samaria was often rebel base and shelter persecuted. So the revolution of 1821 and during the German resistance gorge worked as a space of refuge, protection, preparation and salvation of the rebels and who organized resistance against the occupier.

Today, as one of the biggest tourist attractions of Greece welcomes every year countless tourists for nature walks and other alternatives.