London, United Kingdom
April 28, 2004
The walk is steep and rocky so wear sturdy shoes (a decent pair of trainers will do). Pack a camera, as the views are spectacular, and take a packed lunch and a large refillable water bottle.
The small abandoned villages in the gorge and the famed "iron gates" are well worth the effort, and I can truly say the sense of achievement on reaching the bottom (afternoon tea in agia roumeli waiting for the ferry) is fabulous - provides a welcome break if all you're looking for is beaches, and makes the next day's lazing around all the more justifiable! And I'm certainly not the walking type.
I can strongly vouch for getting the public bus rather than an organised tour - it's considerably cheaper and just as effective.
From journal Exploring Western Crete out of Hania