Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Sougia

Sougia ( Σούγια ) is a small town located in the southwest of Crete. This place is still outside the main tourist trail. Not counting tourists returning from the Samaria gorge, this place is visited by a few people for whom peace and quiet are an advantage and not a disadvantage. In recent years, thanks to the improvement of the road connecting this place to the north of the island, Sougia has become a popular tourist destination for the inhabitants of Chania. Metropolitan Cretans often resort to weekend outings, during which they use taverns serving extremely good dishes.

Crete - Sougia - streets

History

Although this place looks very modern and seems to be devoid of history, in reality this place has been inhabited since antiquity. Sougia's greatest flowering occurred during the reign of the Romans and Byzantines. During this period, this town was one of the important trade nodes. The extremely high position of Sougia is evidenced by the fact that, like other independent cities, it was able to mint its coins.

In ancient times, Sougia served as a port for the Doric city of Elyros, whose ruins are located in the area of ​​the modern village of Rodovani. Syia, or the ancient name of the village, comes from the word sys meaning a pig. Sougia's old commercial character allows us to suppose that this animal could have been one of the main goods exported from the port located in this place.

It is worth knowing that until the mid-1950s, this area of ​​Crete was devoid of convenient road connections. At that time, Sougia was still a port constituting an important communication and commercial hub for the inhabitants of the surrounding villages. The place even had a permanent connection to Piraeus. There was also a school in Sougia, where 150 students were studying.

Since the construction of a comfortable road, this place has completely changed its character. In the 1960s, Sougia, like many other towns in the south of Crete, was discovered by hippies. This moment can be considered as the first nucleus of modern tourist traffic, which is the core of the current inhabitants of Sougia.


Beach in Sougia

Beach

The main beach located in this town is called Selino (Σελινο), which in Greek means celery. It's hard to say exactly what this comparison refers to but you can guess that it may be related to the shape of the beach, which looking from above resembles a long narrow branch of celery.

The central part of the beach, located directly opposite the buildings of Sougia, is well organized. On site you will find paid sun loungers, umbrellas and fresh water showers. The road leading along the waterfront is adjacent to numerous taverns, whose tables are often exposed in the shade of tamarisks growing on the northern edge of the beach. The vast majority of tourists will find here almost everything that is needed for a successful holiday.

The eastern edge of the beach behind the dried-down riverbed is devoid of amenities. Naturalists and people looking for more privacy are eager to relax in this place.

The beach is covered with a delicate gray sand that gravel and stones. The shore falls relatively steeply and the water quickly gets relatively deep. Unfortunately, this is not conducive to families with small children. The great advantage of this beach is the incredible color of the water and its transparency.

Crete - Sougia

What to do in Sougia

People focused on active nightlife should avoid this place from afar. Modern disco is fortunately a fiction that has not yet reached this area of ​​Crete. However, if you enjoy the opportunity to go hiking, you should consider staying in Sougia. The village is a great base to visit Samaria. At the peak of the holiday season, you can easily get to Xyloskalo, the northern entrance to this gorge. Thanks to the ferries running on the Agia Roumeli - Sougia - Paleochora route, you will also have no problem with the return route from the Samaria Gorge.


Being here, it is also worth going on a hike to the ancientcity ​​of Lissos. The picturesque trail leading there described in one of our earlier articles:

Antique Lissos on the E4 route from Sougia

At the peak of the holiday season, Souga can also reach the island of Gavdos and the beach of Elafonisi located on the southwestern tip of Crete.


Hotels - our choice

There is now quite a good accommodation available in Sougia. The growing popularity of this place among tourists means that in the future new hotels will be created here. The vast majority of objects available at the moment are small family pensions. Offered rooms are characterized by a typical Greek standard and a relatively small booking price.

Hotel Syia - Sougia

While browsing offers on booking.com, our attention was drawn to the three - star Syia hotel built in 2008. This relatively new property is just 200 meters from the coast. It offers air-conditioned, spacious, well-furnished and contemporary studios and apartments. Each one has a kitchenette with basic equipment. It is worth mentioning that this facility enjoys exceptionally good reviews among its guests. More information and the possibility of booking rooms can be found directly on booking.com.

Hotel Idomeneas

However, if you are looking for something at a more affordable price, Idomeneas apartments , which enjoy equally good reputation, can be an interesting offer. A bit simpler equipment having a much more Greek character, consists of original wooden furniture. Each apartment has a small kitchenette with equipment that allows you to prepare your own meals. More information and the possibility of booking rooms can be found directly on booking.com.

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Falasarna

Falasarna

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Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

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Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

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Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Aptera
Aptera

Aptera

Aptera is a city whose history dates back to at least a thousand years before our era. In the peak period, about 20,000 lived in it. people, of which only 1/5 were free people.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of ​​the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion.

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Frangokastello
Frangokastello

Frangokastello

Frangokastello is a small fortress that was built by the Venetians over four years from 1371. Initially, the castle was named after Saint Nikitas.

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Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

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Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

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The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

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Kournas
Kournas

Kournas

Located 47 km from the city of Chania, it is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Its area is about 580 thousand. sqm. and the maximum depth is about 45 meters

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The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

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Aradena
Aradena

Aradena

The steel crossing, which in the central part is separated from the ground by nearly 150 m, is at the leading position of the places where the longest bungee jumps are made.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion. Word

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Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

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Chora Sfakion
Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion is an extremely picturesque mountain village of the mountainous and wild Sfakia region

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Loutro
Loutro

Loutro

Loutro is famous for the fact that you can get to it only from the sea or walk on the mountain trail, because there is no other road here.

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Stavros
Stavros

Stavros

Stavros used to be a small fishing village. Today, it is primarily a tourist destination, but in a positive sense.

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Bear's Cave
Bear's Cave

Bear's Cave

The cave is less than 1 km from Moni Gouvernetou Monastery. You will reach it using the pedestrian trail that has been marked out along the slope of the Avlaki Gorge.

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Balos Lagoon
Balos Lagoon

Balos Lagoon

Balos is one of Crete's flagship beaches if not all of Greece. We can assure you that the landscapes you see during your trip to Balos will remain with you for a very long time.

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Moni Katholiko
Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko is probably the oldest and most spectacular monastery in Crete. It is located 20 km north-east of Chania.

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Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

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Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

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Gouverneto Monastery
Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery is probably the oldest active Greek Catholic monastery located on the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania.

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Imbros
Imbros

Imbros

The length of the trail leading through this place is about 8 kilometers and the difference in altitude is about 600m.

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Agia Roumeli
Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli znajduje się na południowym wybrzeżu Prefektury Chania, pomiędzy miejscowościami Chora Sfakion i Paleochora.

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Souda
Souda

Souda

Until the early nineties, this place was known only to few tourists and local residents.

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Paleochora
Paleochora

Paleochora

Paleochora is a quite well-organized tourist town, with a beautiful large sandy beach

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Lissos
Lissos

Lissos

Ruiny starożytnego miasta Lissos znajdują się około 3,5 km od miejscowości Sougia na południowym wybrzeżu Krety.

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Samaria
Samaria

Samaria

Samaria is one of the most important tourist attractions located in the western part of Crete.

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Glyka Nera
Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera is one of the most spectacular beaches in Crete.

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Sougia
Sougia

Sougia

Sougia is a small town located in the southwest of Crete.

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Falasarna (excavations)
Falasarna (excavations)

Falasarna (excavations)

On the north-western coast of Crete, at the foot of the Gramovous peninsula, there are ruins of the ancient port of Korikos, later known as Falassarna.

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Krios
Krios

Krios

Krios Beach is located about 9 km west of Paleochora and it is also the last beach on this stretch of the southern coast

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Agia Sofia
Agia Sofia

Agia Sofia

Between the villages of Topolia and Koutsamatados there is an interesting cave known as Agia Sofia

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Milia
Milia

Milia

Milia is an authentic mountain settlement, which most probably dates from about the seventeenth century.

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Potamida
Potamida

Potamida

On the edge of the village of Potamida grows a complex of clay mounds called Komolithi (Komolithoi)

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Grammeno
Grammeno

Grammeno

Grammeno (Γραμμένο) is a beach that can be counted among one of the best and most beautiful beaches in this part of Crete.

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gość PiotrWie
2016-07-12 21:57:48

Sougia od wielu lat jest bardzo popularna wśród turystów indywidualnych z Niemiec, Włoch, Francji czy Wielkiej Brytanii. Jest punktem wyjściowym wielu szlaków - można dojść stąd na Omalos przez przełęcz pod Gigilosem, także do wąwozu Aghia Irini czy Tripiti, przez Lissos do Paleochory czy wreszcie wyruszyć w jeden z najtrudniejszych z wyznakowanych szlaków Gór Białych - przez Cap Tripiti, plaże Sedonia i Domata do Aghia Roumeli - dlatego jest jedną z najciekawszych na Krecie baz do uprawiania wędrówek górskich.

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gość PiotrWie
2016-07-13 08:26:50

I jeszcze jedno - w Sougii mieszka Kpt. George - prowadzący najstarszą w tej okolicy Taxi - boat, od tak wielu lat wożący turystów na trudno dostępne plaże okolic Sugii że jego numer telefonu jest drukowany na mapach i przewodnikach. Nas ewakuował dwukrotnie - w 2012 z Domaty i w 2013 z Sedonii.

 Katarzyna Druczak
Katarzyna Druczak
2017-05-03 18:09:21

Polecam wyprawę do Wąwozu Samaria. Duże wyzwanie, ale warto.

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 Zofia Sokołowska
Zofia Sokołowska
2017-05-03 18:14:05

Bylam w ub roku. Poplynelam z kap George motorowka do Lissos. W tawernie zjadlam pyszna rybke.Piekne miejsce i droga-jechalam od Kissamos.

 Sebastian Stachowiak
Sebastian Stachowiak
2017-05-03 19:10:21

Pytanie co polecacie zobaczyc na Krecie

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 Beata Rudnicka
Beata Rudnicka
2017-05-03 19:40:07

Jade w czerwcu drugi raz i na pewno jeszcze raz wykupie Balos lagune.musze byc tez na Elaffonisi i krisi.to piekne wyspy z cudnymi plazami. Nie bylam w wawozie Samaria i teraz tez tam wyprawe planuje.

 Sebastian Stachowiak
Sebastian Stachowiak
2017-05-03 19:46:33

Dzięki

 Artur Wilkos
Artur Wilkos
2017-05-03 19:59:31

Wszystko.

 Piotrek Owoc
Piotrek Owoc
2017-05-03 22:16:03

Artur Racuch Wilkos dawaj do Powsina na wakacje uderz w domki na 2 tygodnie

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Wieska Kedzierska: Bardzo smutna historia.Byliśmy w Chanii i słyszeliśmy tą opowieść od przewodniczki. Jest też druga podobna historia ,również tragiczna.
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