Hiking routes to the Kalergi Lodge
Time: 1h 30’
Elevation gain: 350m
Marking color: Red/blue
Start: At the Samaria Gorge entrance parking lot, right at the end of the Omalos Plateau road.
To the left of the entrance, there is a sign that leads you on the well-marked path, the first part of which is gently sloping on easy terrain.
After about 30 minutes you meet the unpaved road and continue uphill for about 1km until a marking on your right directs you to leave the road and continue uphill.
With the fence of the National Park of Samaria on your right, continue until you reach the mountain refuge.
The ascent from this route is the shortest, with the least elevation gain. The second part of the route is steeper with slightly more challenging terrain than the other routes (no scrambling, though!). This route offers a unique view and an incredible aesthetic, while in the summer it is recommended as there is always a cool breeze.