Omalos, Hania
Xylóskalo (Ksyloskalo GR: Ξυλόσκαλο) is the point where the Samarian gorge starts. It is located on the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) in the plateau of Omalos, 43 km from the city of Hania at 1250m above sea level. It is also the entrance to the gorge. There are two tourist lodges where visitors can rest and have food or coffee and take panoramic pictures of the gorge and the White Mountains. There is also the information center of the National Park and a parking area.
Xyloskalo means the "wooden stair" and refers to a wooden staircase built by the locals in order to facilitate the entrance to the gorge as at this point the cliffs are very steep. Today this part of the path is made of stones and it has a wooden handrail.
About 1km before Xyloskalo a dirt road leads, after 5 km, to the Kallergis mountain lodge at 1680m a.s.l.

In and/or around Xyloskalo:
(within a radius of 50 Km)

Galini Studios & Apartments Sougia, South Hania
at 11.7km(SW) from Xyloskalo
Galini Studios & Apartments

Nikolas Rooms Loutro, Sfakia
at 19km(SE) from Xyloskalo

Cretan Dream Royal Hotel Stalós, Hania
at 22.8km(N) from Xyloskalo
Cretan Dream Royal Hotel

Villa Anna Paleohora
at 23.1km(W) from Xyloskalo
Villa Anna

Corinna Mare Hotel Kalamaki, Chania
at 23.1km(N) from Xyloskalo
Corinna Mare Hotel

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