Discover South West Crete
You can drive to Sougia, from Palaiochora, it takes around 30-40 minutes. Ideal, if you like to visit and stay for a day. If you prefer to take the ferry. Between April and October, there is a daily ferry connection from Paleochora. There is also a ferry connecting to Sougia with Hora Sfakion, Loutro and Agia Roumeli.
The timetable for Anendyk ferries here.
is a quiet place with a wide and long pebble beach, a few family-owned hotels and self-catering accommodation, bars-cafes, and tavernas, all in a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere. 4km outside Sougia lies the little village of Moni positioned on the hillside. St Nikolas chapel built in early 1300 and the Chapel of Holy Mary is worth visiting. The Monastery Estate guesthouse is the place to stay. Monastery Estate operates 2 hotels. One in Chania and the one in Moni.
Hiking from Sougia to Agia Roumeli
2011 by Ponteefex, thank you.
A video of his hike along the toughest part of the Cretan section of the E4, the 20 km stretch of rough hiking paths between Sougia and Agia Roumeli, completed under the burning sun of mid-July.
Photostory here on facebook.
is situated at the “bottom end” of Samaria Gorge and the village is not connected to any road network. To get here is by boat or to walk. Walking, relaxing, swimming, and visiting the local tavernas. Selection between family run Hotels, Guest Houses, Apartments. Agia Roumeli boat service is via Hora Sfakia, Loutro, Sougia, and Paleochora.
A timetable for Anendyk ferries
which claims to be Europe’s longest (it’s a 16km hike), can be visited as a day-trip or as part of a longer excursion. It’s demanding– you’ll know all about it next day – the path is rough and it’s not a walk to be undertaken lightly, avoid the walk during the summer month of July and August. Walking boots or solid shoes are vital. Bring plenty of water. Normal walking pace, with regular stops, the walk down takes between five and seven hours (though you can do it quicker) Beware of the kilometer markers: these mark only distances within the National Park and it’s a further 2km of hot walking before you reach the sea at Agía Roumeli.
South West Crete Undiscovered
Crete is a mountainous island and the views from the ferry towards the massive mountains are impressive, here and there broken by gorges and more or less deserted beaches, and then the small bay of Phoenix (Finix). The old Phoenix hotel and taverna is nicely positioned on the bay of Phoenix. A small pebble beach shaded here and there from large tamarisk trees. About 20-25 minutes walk from the picturesque village of Loutro.
Loutro there is not one road connecting the village to the outside world. The unique atmosphere and views are simply wonderful.
The region of Sfakia was the center of resistance against the Venetians and the Turks and other, later invaders. It was also here in Sfakia region that the evacuation of the remnants of Creforce took place end of May 1941. See NZ history article – The battle for Crete here –
is located on the southern slope of the White Mountains it combines high mountains which drop steeply into the Libyan sea, deep gorges and a wealth of unspoiled natural beauty. The Sfakia region has about 2,700 inhabitants. There is no mass tourism here because of the inaccessible mountain terrain and road distance with lots of roads bends from the airports and main ports of Crete.
is a smallish village, less than 400 people live here. Family small owned hotels, self-catering some on the seafront as well as bars and tavernas. Port with boat service to Paleochora, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and to the island of Gavdos.