There are various trekking opportunities in the island's gorges. The one that follows the Samaria gorges is superb, yet too crowded, so it should be avoided during summer when it becomes impossible to enjoy nature or even see wild goats! The Aradena gorges are less crowded, but the trek is harder and includes a rock climbing passage. Yet the gorges, the villages and the nature are magnificent, and you will not regret the effort. The Milatas caves are sheltered by rock banks, with monasteries and villages nestled at the heart of the plateaus. You can also find old castles and abandoned chapels here.
Many paths will allow you to discover the sublime hinterland.© Lucian Bolca / 123RF
A Milat, the shelter of stone shepherds, or as here, a church in the bend of a road.© dziewul / 123RF
The wild goat is an iconic animal of the island.© dziewul / 123RF
A hiker here will rarely get thirsty, thanks to the many rivers.© Lucian Bolca / 123RF
Wandering off the beaten path will often reward you with the magic of unexpected places.© Lucian Bolca / 123RF