I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is a happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek author
lies along the southern coast, facing the Libyan sea. It’s a charming little village whose sheltered bay, whitewashed houses with blue painted shutters and doors, cling onto the mountainside making it the perfect Greek holiday picture. In summer, holiday houses, some small hotels provide accommodation, many of them accessible via several steps up the hillside.
On the seashore cafés, tavernas, bars, and restaurants provide tasty lunches and dinners. This is a very tranquil and “feel relaxed” place. Bring books and a deck of cards. Enjoy life.
The beach is of fine pebble stone. There are small boats organising daily tours to nearby beaches.
Loutro not to be missed
From the moment you arrive, you will know that Loutro is the place to let the days drift by as they come. Swim, eat, drink and relax. There are many bars, tavernas, and restaurants here.
Loutro is not a place you visit for sparkling nightlife. You arrive by boat or you walk, there are no roads into Loutro, (there are a poorly maintained mountain and country track). However, your arrival here cannot be more spectacular, the crystal clear turquoise blue coloured sea in the bay and the white painted houses of Loutro positioned on the steep mountainside (as well as most of the accommodation) topped up by a blue sky is breath-taking.
In the neighbourhood
Keen walkers-hikers The international E4 mountain trail goes through Loutro. It’s a good opportunity to get your first taste of the mountain trail and sea edge routes and fantastic views. N.B. this is for the more experienced walkers and hikers.
Nearby the long Sweetwater beach can be reached by walking, (45-55 minutes) along, at times, a narrow track and some slightly dodgy footpaths here and there. There are boats from Loutro to Sweetwater beach as well.
For a breathtaking view walk up to the castle ruins on the hill above Loutro and for the more experienced walkers-hikers, the international E4 mountain trail goes through Loutro.
The Old Phoenix is situated in the bay of Finix, 20-25 minutes on foot west of Loutro.
The Best way to get to Loutro
From Hora Sfakia there are several boat-ferry connections daily to Loutro in the summer, less often in spring and autumn. The boat trip takes about 20-25 minutes.
You can also hire a water taxi from Hora Sfakia. Taxi boat Sfakia link. The Notos Mare Marine Adventure link here with diving, boat hire and more.
There is a boat-ferry service once a day from Palaiochora via Sougia to Loutro.
Timetables for ferry service with Anendyk ferries.