Although Samaria is the most famous of Crete's hundreds of gorges, there are other more secluded gorges within easy reach of Plakias. For those wishing to walk Samaria there are organised trips from Plakias, these involve an early morning start and coach ride to the top of the gorge in the heart of Crete's White Mountains, at the foot of the gorge at Agia Roumeli a boat returns the weary walker to Hora Sfakion from where coaches return to Plakias. Nearer to the village on the dramatic south coast road to Hora Sfakion are the gorges of Kallikratis and Asfendos, here you can walk all day without seeing another visitor. A little further along the coast road is Imbros gorge, now closely rivalling Samaria in popularity, at Imbros you can park at the top of the gorge and get a local taxi ride back to your car when you reach the bottom. Ask during your stay for more information on walking these and other gorges in the Plakias area.
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