Places & Activities
Agia Roumeli is a long pebble beach within a cove, at the exit of the Samaria Gorge. The beach is frequented by hikers who take a refreshing dip after having completed the Samaria Gorge.
Loutro is a peaceful, picturesque resort built amphitheatrically within a cove. Its pebble beach is well organized and protected from the south winds.
Sfakia stretches to the east of Sougia offering a well-organised beautiful pebble beach in front of the village of Chora Sfakíon.
Gavdos is an isolated, intact isle south west of Crete, the southernmost part of Greece. A Greek myth identifies it with the island of Calypso, the nymph who captured Odysseus. The isle abounds in crystal clear sandy and shingle beaches, where you can enjoy enchanting sunrises and sunsets.
Do not miss out on Paleochora, a coastal town at the south-west edge of Crete, one of the favourite tourist destinations, worldwide known for its beauty and its clear waters. From Paleochora you can gain access to almost all neighbouring beaches, as well as to the islet of Gavdos.
The ruins of ancient Lissos lie some 3 km west of Sougia and about 2 hours walk from our pension. It used to be an important site in Hellenistic and Roman times featuring a hydrotherapy centre with an Asclepion (a healing temple in ancient Greek) dedicated to Asclepius. You can spend a day in this antique town exploring the tiny temple, the ancient theatre and the vaulted tombs.
The famous gorge of Agia Irini starts from the homonymous village and ends at Sougia after about a 3-hour hiking.