Situated in the National Park of Samaria, in the White Mountains, the gorge of Samaria is the second most popular tourist attraction in Crete and by far the most popular walk on the island. More than 250,000 people walk through the gorge every year, from May to October. An area of impressive natural beauty and environmental value, the Samaria gorge is the longest in Europe and its rare surviving flora and fauna are protected. While its 16km path is maintained in good condition, it is a long walk of 5 to 7 hours. The park opens daily at daylight and closes in the evening. If you wish to enter the park after 14:00, you will not be allowed past the first quarter of the walk and will need to return to your starting point. There is an entrance fee of €5 (children under 15: free, students: half price).