Sougia - a place for insiders
Sougia, Crete is a small village located by the Libyan sea, some 75 km south from the city of Chania. Maybe the narrow winding road which links the village to the north of Crete puts off tour operators from offering package holidays there.
The fact is that Sougia, despite its long beach and its beautiful sea, has remained one of the quietest and most relaxing places for spending a holiday in Crete, away from mainstream tourism; a place for insiders who keep coming back for years to enjoy the friendly and laid back atmosphere.
Sougia may be small but its facilities are excellent; there is a good choice of accommodation at affordable prices (about 250 rooms), the restaurants (about 10 tavernas) offer well above average food, the long beach is never crowded and the sea was nominated as one of the cleanest in all of Greece in a national study conducted in 1999.
Sougia is also quite well protected from the prevalent west winds.
The village is open to visitors from end of March to beginning of November. In the winter months most of the hotels and restaurants close down causing the village to hibernate.
Not far from Sougia is Ancient Lissos. It can be reached either by boat or by hiking for about an hour. The latter option entails traversing a scenic gorge, climbing a mountainside and finally descending towards the sea.
How to get to Sougia:
By Car - Sougia is located at the end of a long valley in the south-west of Crete about 75 km from the city of Chania. This scenic road goes up to the pass of Agia Irini and back down to sea level and is therefore quite a winding road. It takes just under two hours to cover that distance by car.
By Bus - Public transport to Sougia is very limited: there are only one or two buses a day from and to Chania (depending on the time of year). The journey takes a little over two hours.
On foot - Most people who arrive in Sougia are coming from Paleochora, which is the closest village to the West. It is a popular coastal walk which takes about 4 hours.
By boat - It is also possible to get to Sougia by boat from Paleohora, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Chora Sfakion. You can even take your car or motorcycle along. Bear in mind that the boats may get cancelled if the sea is rough.