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Sougia is a small village with a registered population of 136 inhabitants just 70 km southwest of Chania. Sougia is also called the bride of the Libyan sea. In Summer time it entertains a great number of tourists. At summer days it is a very easy going and relaxing village. It is also known for its nudist beach and free camping. Although the municipality is doing many efforts to stop the free campers, its still very frequent.

To the east you find Agia roumeli and after that Chora Sfakia. On west you will meet Paleochora on a small peninsula, the beach kedrodasos that is not so well known, but still very beautiful and the famous beach Elafonisi. Sougia enjoys very hot summers but with pleasant sea breezes.

In general you will come to realize that South Crete is fairly quiet even in high season and retains an old-fashioned feel. It is a frequent destinations of many tourists year after year.

Get in[edit]


2 hour car drive over the mountains from Chania Airport. You can actually take two different routes (one you take the main road BOAK and a bit after Maleme you turn south and then pass through Kantanos and the second choice is to go through the road that goes to Omalos. Both routes are nice to do and quite different.The first route needs a bit more time.


5-6 buses a day from Chania bus station - takes 1 hr 50 mins on a good day. You can find more information for the route on chania ktel timetable


Get around[edit]

There is currently no place to rent a car from Sougia. The closest you can find is in Paleochora.


You can find an ATM by the Euronet network in the village.

Places to See[edit]

Ancient Lissos[edit]

The ruins of ancient Lissos are a pleasant 3.5km hike from Sougia on the coastal (though not waterfront) path to Paleochora, which starts at the far end of Sougia’s small port. Lissos was a harbor of the Dorian city of Elyros. Elyros and its two harbours Sougia and Lissos, flourist in the Hellenisticm Roman and First Byzantine periods. Lissos had its own coin. It depicted the head of the goddess Artemis on one side and a dolphin on the reverse.
Lissos was known for its famous Temple of Asklepios (Aesculapium). A place that people came from all over Crete to be cured by the local waters. The temple was sadly destroyed in a great earthquake. These days you will find the preserved floor that consists of a beautiful mosaic that depicts animals and geometric patters.

A good starting point for the Samaria Gorge. Samaria gorge official site
A good starting point for Agia Irini Gorge
Ancient Aqueduct of Sougia
Gialiskari beach
Sougia beach

Buy[edit][add listing]

The shops that you can find on Sougia is quite limited and located on the main road. The road that runs across the seafront has many restaurants and pensions.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Lots of choice of places to eat and drink - you'll spot the music bars easily.

Drink[edit][add listing]

If you find a 'locals' taverna you might be lucky and find the local wine (krassi) or raki (tsikudia).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Many rooms available for rent, and you will be able to negotiate prices with the locals.

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

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