Samaria Gorge is often tipped as the longest in Europe. At 13 kilometres long, it’s not far off, as the Gorges du Verdon in the south of France, tips it at 20 kilometres long. However, the next longest in the world is the Grand Canyon, so it’s still an impressive credential for Crete. The gorge is an hour by road from Chania and you can take a ferry from Hora Sfakion to Agia Roumeli.
The gorge cuts an impressive swathe through the White Mountains and is teeming with wildlife and spring flowers. This majestic gorge is a must-see attraction, in the National Park of Samaria in the White Mountains in west Crete. You can walk it, but be warned, it's rough terrain and can take between 5 and 7 hours, so a little preparation plus the right foot wear is recommended. The gorge of Samaria is open from May to October, after that, high waters make it impassable.