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Suggested Nature spots

Omalos plateau

Famously known because it is the starting point for the walk through the Samaria gorge the Omalos plateau is worth more than a cursory glance. It is also the starting point of many beautiful mountain walks, a place for the inhabitants of Chania to see the snow in winter and for all to cool off in summer.

The gorge of Samaria

The gorge of Samaria is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Crete. Almost 200.000 people visit it every year! Still interested and willing to brave the crowds? Then visit The gorge of Samaria for details, maps and photos.

The White Mountains

The White Mountains or Lefka Ori is the largest mountain range in Crete, with over 30 summits above 2000m and 50 gorges in between. They are the dominant feature of West Crete and a must-visit destination for every nature lover, offering numerous pathways for walks and excursions. White Mountain information

Anopolis plateau

A really special place, this large plateau with its boundaries defined by the White Mountains to the North and plunging towards the Libyan sea to the South, can be described as "the heart of Western Crete". It is a place of traditions and village life "away" from the urban life. The nature is really beautiful and refreshing here. Additionally, there are a lot of interesting pathways that you may hike/walk, abandoned villages and ancient chapels nearby those pathways.

The gorge of Imbros

The walk through the gorge of Imbros is a popular alternative to the Samaria gorge for those who prefer a shorter walk (than the 7 Km hiking in Samaria Gorge). It is also far less crowded. The walk throughout the gorge of Imbros is also used by individuals and tour organizers when Samaria is closed to the public, (at the edges of the summer season) between the end of October and the early days of May.

Amari valley

The Amari valley, south-east of Rethimnon is the heartland of Crete. Located between Mt. Psiloritis and Kedros, it harbors around 40 unspoiled villages set amid a lush landscape. You will need your own transport to visit the area as the public transport network is not well developed.

Kournas lake

Kournas lake is the only sweet water lake on the island of Crete. A truly beautiful spot to visit and enjoy the surroundings. Located 3 km inland from Georgioupolis, at the foot of the White Mountains, its atmosphere is more reminiscent of Switzerland than Crete. The clear water is constantly changing color according to the weather and time of the day.


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