samariaexperience

Back to the Roots of Cretan Tradition

Samaria Experience: The Programme

The Samaria Experience – back to the roots of Cretan traditions

The “Samaria Experience” is a unique programme of activities created and run by a prominent family from the villages of Samaria and Agia Roumeli.

For many years Roussos Viglis has been dreaming of conveying his intimate knowledge and deep love of one of the most remote and wildest places in Europe. Finally the time is ripe and the “Samaria Experience” started running from spring 2014.

In 4 days of activities centered around the village of Agia Roumeli and the gorge of Samaria you will get an understanding of what it was like to live in this beautiful but harsh place: how people lived and how they survived in almost complete isolation, what they ate, how they cooked.

You will also discover the gorge of Samaria as very few see it: away from crowds and through the eyes of people who were born and grew up there.

The view from Xiloskalo a few days ago.

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It is a beautiful way to start your day!

Walking up from the turkish castle above Agia Roumeli on an autumn day.

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It was an autumn day and the Samaria Gorge was closed due to the rain in the previous days. We walked up from the turkish castle above Agia Roumeli. Five condors were cirkeling around in the sky. Then they started flying horizontically left and right breathtakingly close to us. I had never been so close to them before. It was an amazing experience.

Agia Paraskevi church

The small church of Agia Paraskevi  hides on the hill over the valley of Agia Roumeli.

Agia Paraskevi

Hiking up to Agia Paraskevi and gazing through the valley of Agia Roumeli.

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Walking up to Agia Paraskevi and looking through the valley of Agia Roumeli towards the Libyan sea. Gavdos Island can be spotted in the backround. It was a wonderful day with spectacular colours.

Agios Pavlos at Agia Roumeli bay

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Built in the 10th century, one of the oldest churches on Crete. On the beach, built with a previous temple’s stones and beach rocks.

September sky over libyan sea and cretan mountains

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Travelling from Sfakia to Agia Roumeli.

Samaria experience on Instagram

We are now also on instagram here.