Omalos is the name of a plateau in the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) of Crete
, at an altitude of approximately 1050 m. It is also the starting point for hiking the Samaria gorge. In the plateau there are a few taverns and hotels in which you can stay if you decide to conquer the gorge early in the morning or if you just want to stay in a very tranquil place away from other settlements. Chania Town
is 40 km away (at least 1 hour drive), and Paleochora
on the south coast are also reachable from here via a winding mountainous road with panoramic views.
The entrance for Samaria gorge is about 3 km from the hotels in Omalos, in an area called Xyloskalo.