Sougia beach is one of the most known beaches in South Crete. It combines crystal-clear water and a magnificent natural environment – and, of course, the remote charm of Sougia village, which is a popular destination for visitors from all over Europe, but also for visitors from other parts of Crete, too.
The beach of Sougia is a long coastal zone with small pebbles. Its total length, from its west side where the picturesque harbor of Sougia lies, up to its east side, where there is a wonderful hidden cove, is about 1.5 kilometers.
Agia Roumeli Crete
Agia Roumeli, Crete, is a tiny remote village that has no paved roads leading to it. You can get to Agia Roumeli by boat from other picturesque villages of South Crete like Sougia, Paleochora and Chora Sfakion.
Agia Roumeli, Crete, lies in an enviable location, at the southern end of Samaria Gorge. Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe and one of the biggest travel attractions of Chania prefecture and Crete.
Agia Roumeli used to be a small isolated village with fishing being the main occupation of the locals. However, Samaria Gorge and tourism has changed all that.
Gavdos, Crete, is a small triangular island in the south of Chania prefecture. It is the southernmost part of Greece.
Gavdos, Crete, lies at a distance of about 50 kilometers from the coastal village of Chora Sfakion. The island is accessible by boat from Chora Sfakion and Paleochora.
The isolation of Gavdos is not the only thing that attracts nature lovers from all over the world. The great beaches of Gavdos are also among the best in Greece.
Samaria Gorge Crete
Samaria Gorge is the most renowned natural formation in Crete and Greece. The gorge, which has a total length of 16 kilometers, is the longest gorge in Europe. Samaria Gorge, for the ones in the know, is truly the natural sight of a lifetime!
Samaria Gorge is located in southwest Crete, in Sfakia region, which is full of wild nature. Its distance from Chania city is about 45 kilometers.
One of the most impressive things about Samaria Gorge, is its varying width: the gorge’s maximum width is a characteristic 150 meters, and its minimum width is only 3 meters, in the “Iron Gates” location. The height of the gorge’s sides is between 300 and 600 meters.
Lissos Gorge, Crete, is an especial gorge on the southwest of the island. As it starts right at Sougia village, hiking in Lissos gorge is a frequent activity for nature-lovers who stay at Sougia.
Although Lissos Gorge is not as famous as its “bigger brother”, the famous Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe, it is considered one of the best gorges in Crete.
Agia Irini Gorge
Agia Irini Gorge, Crete, is one of the most well known gorges in southwest Crete, and a very good – and easier – alternative to Samaria Gorge.
Agia Irini Gorge is located about 45 kilometers from Chania city. The gorge starts at Agia Irini village, where you can go by public bus, if you don’t have a car.
Agia Irini Gorge is one of the best gorges in Crete for the not experienced hiker – although the beauty of the gorge makes it an excellent walk for the experienced, too. The reason for this is its relatively short length (about 7 kilometers, or 2.5 hours of walking), the very good preservation of the trail, and the accessibility of the gorge.
Tripiti Gorge is located to the west of the Samaria Gorge. The path leading to its entrance starts just below the summit of the characteristic Gigilos mount.
Tripiti Gorge is a difficult gorge to cross, and only experienced hikers and climbers can get through it. It is a characteristic fact that a little before the entrance to the gorge there is a dangerous passage, where numerous hikers have got stuck, as they could not walk neither forward, nor back – and two of them have unfortunately died in the process. So, never attempt to pass through the gorge without having an experienced guide with you.