CNN on Samaria Gorge, Crete 

 A thunderbolt from Zeus couldn’t split the Earth with greater force.
The limestone peaks of Crete’s White Mountains are slashed with dozens of gorges, but the mightiest of all is Samaria Gorge.
Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Greece and one of the largest in Europe — and it reopened for the 2018 season at the start of May.
This is Crete condensed: A 16-kilometer downhill trek descending 1,230 meters from the island’s rocky crests to the teal-blue waters of the Libyan Sea. It’s best tackled with an early start as this is a hike that takes the best part of the day.