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.

Beach in Souda in the south of Crete

Although the area of ​​the southern coast of Crete can boast a much smaller number of beaches, unlike those in the north of the island, they are definitely more calm and less crowded. The proximity of high mountains makes it in most cases extremely picturesque places. It is no different in the case of the beach located at the small town of Souda.


Not this Souda

At the outset, we would like to mention that the place described in this article has nothing to do with the large seaport near Chania, near the land strip connecting the Akrotiri peninsula with the rest of Crete. It is worth knowing about it, because many people hearing the name Souda will first of all direct their search to this area of ​​the northern coast.

The much smaller namesake of this seaport are located about 40 kilometers south of Rethymnon in close proximity to the quite popular holiday resort of Plakias. If you are going to relax there and you are lovers of hiking, we recommend spending one day on a trip to this place.

Nudists on the Souda beach

A nudist refuge

Until the early nineties, this place was known only to few tourists and local residents. During this period, the beach was led by a not very comfortable gravel road. The nudists, who found a perfect hideout, very quickly started using this limited accessibility.

Currently, access to Souda is not the slightest problem, since a comfortable asphalt road has been brought here for quite a long time. Although today this place is definitely more popular with ordinary tourists, you will still find many lovers of naturism here. Devotees of rest in a full bend are fond of the region of the eastern end of the beach. If you are a typical representative of classic textile, we recommend you the middle and west coast located right next to the parking lot.

Windy, evergreen valley

Souda is at the end of the ravine, whose bottom is the Finikas River. This small stream fed by the mountain streams is full of water throughout the year. The good availability of water makes the valley green even at the peak of the holiday season. In several places along Finikas, you can see groves of the Cephonist palm Teofrast (Phoenix theophrastii), which you can know from places such as Vai and Preveli. Souda is one of the most important reserves, where this very rare species is found.

The characteristic location in the vicinity of high mountains makes, as in the case of other beaches in this area of ​​Crete, you have to take into account the possibility of very windy weather. Particularly onerous are the days during which strong gusts from the land side appear. Unfortunately, in such periods, sunbathing and bathing are the domain of only those people who are not terrible sand carried by the rushing air. From our own experience we can assure you that meeting such a dust cloud is not the most pleasant experience.

Beach in Souda - palm forest

Recreation in Souda

Near the road and a small car park at the end of it, you will find several taverns and boarding houses where you can rent rooms. Souda is a very sleepy and peaceful place, in which it is in vain to look for night life attractions typical of the tourist parts of the resorts located on the northern coast. However, if you are not looking for this type of activity, or even want to escape from the city bustle, Souda will surely guarantee you enough peace.

Sandy-gravel beach located in the depths of a fairly large bay is about 400 meters long and has the complete infrastructure necessary for comfortable rest. In a few places there are rentals of sun loungers. Some of them are available as part of a free supplement to orders placed in the tavern located by the car park. On the beach you will also find showers with fresh water.


Drive

Overcoming the part of the New National Road constituting the bypass of Rethymnon, in the central part of this section of the road, take the road number 97 heading south towards Spili - Timpaki. After covering about 15 kilometers you will have the optionturning right into the road leading to Selia - Plakias. In recent years, this road has been constantly renovated, so we recommend you an alternative connection, which leads by a more picturesque route led through the Kouartaliotiko gorge.

Plakias map

A bit more than a kilometer away, there is another bifurcation heading for Koxare. In the distance you will see the Kouartaliotiko gorge behind which the town of Asomatos is located. In this village, turn right heading for the village of Lefkogia. From here, the route is quite easy and you will reach Plakias. When leaving outside the center of this village, continue west heading for the road leading along the coast. After about 3 kilometers, you will reach Souda.

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Falasarna
Falasarna

Falasarna

W 2002 roku Falasarna zdobyła tytuł najlepszej plaży w Grecji. Wyróżnienie to nie jest bynajmniej przypadkowe, gdyż miejsce to jak na standardy Krety jest naprawdę unikalne.

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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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Polirynia
Polirynia

Polirynia

Polyrinia was one of the most important city-states of western Crete during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It was built amphitheater on a steep hill, rising to a height of 481 meters above sea level

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