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The Samaria Gorge in Crete is located in the southern part of the prefecture of Chania.
With a length of 18 km, is probably the longest gorge in Europe after the canyon Verdi in France.
It is a National Park of Greece since 1962 and is home to many endemic species of birds and animals,
the most famous of which is the Cretan goat known as ibex.

The name comes from the abandoned village of Samaria, which in turn owes its name to the Church of Mary Osias. During the Ottoman rule was hiding rebels and the local population .The gorge is one of the major attractions of Crete drawing thousands of tourists who want to cross the walking route of 18 km from Smooth to Agia Roumeli.

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