Sougia Things to Do
In summer months the beach of Sougia gets packed with people that come to enjoy the water. But in April the long pebbled beach was isolated, great for photos (pic 1) but a bit cold for swimming in the evening (even in summer the water is a bit colder here than in north beaches of Chania). We walked a bit there, have in mind that the beach in front of the cafés is more organized with umbrellas, a lifeguard and other useful facilities but you can go further east after the small port if you like to swim totally naked as the area there is popular for those who like nudism.
Pic 2 is the main street over the beach where we had coffee and drunk raki. Even in summer the atmosphere is pretty relaxed
Pic 3 is church of Agios Panteleimonas which is located at the edge of the village. It was built over the ruins of a church from 6th century but they have kept many of the old mosaics. The church is usually locked but ask for the key at the local kiosk.
There’s another smaller byzantine church a bit out of town. It’s church of Agia Eirini that is located on the hill over Sougia (it’s 30’ walk from the village or drive the dirt path with a 4x4 vehicle). Have in mind that on may 5 a festival takes place at the church of Agia Eirini.
Pic 4 was taken at the far end near the port looking back towards Sougia
The town was very peaceful with only a few people around (and none at the beach) so we just choosed one of the cafés that overlook the beach. Great spot anyway for coffe and some drinks.
The service at Santa Irene was very friendly, the kind lady took our order by telling us some jokes. The prices were very low, we had a coke cola and raki for 2,50euro. Raki (pic 3), the typical local unsweetened anise-flavored alcoholic drink was served with some nuts which is a good move but we preferred other places where normal meze was coming along :)
A beachside taverna with a very wide menu, serving excellent fish and the "interesting" Sfakian/Selinos wine...
The service is excellent and very friendly and most nights there is acoustic Greek music from a talented trio of musicians.
Favorite Dish: Everything was excellent - but try the Sfakian cheese pie
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Well with a name like that, it can't go wrong!! One of a handful of bars in Souyia this was my favourite, purely cos it's in a good place to watch the world go by. I don't honestly think there's such a thing as a bad bar in Souyia - your choice just depends on your mood!
Dress Code: Don't be silly!
South part of Chania prefecture, 70km S of Chania Town and 32km E of Palaiochora.
The route from Chania is very picturesque though the plain with orange trees of Alikianos, then through the mountains, and after Agia Eirini through the gorge. The last part is full of olive trees and oak trees.
It takes about 90’ because of the windy narrow road
The bus ride from Chania takes about 2 hourswhich means about 2hours and the ticket costs 6,40euro
monday to friday at 5:00 and 13:45
saturday at 5.00 and 14.00
sunday at 7.30 and 14.00
from Sougia to Chania:
at 7.00 and 18.15 (Monday to saturday), 12.00 and 18.15 (Sunday)
From april to October you can take the ferry from Sougia to Palaiochora, Chora Sfakion, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, Gavdos and Elafonisi
Sougia is so small you can walk around. For those who like hiking you can try the Agia Eirini gorge (about 3-4hours if you start from Agia Eirini, you better take the morning bus to Agia Eirini and walk the gorge down to Sougia) but also the path that leads to ancient town of Lyssos (about 2hours). Last but not least take the morning bus to Omalos and do the famous Samaria Gorge, you need about 6 hours for this until you reach Agia Roumeli, from there take the ferry back to Sougia.
There’s a taxi kiosk where you can take taxi to near by beaches or to other villages or towns. What’s more you can call them if you do the hike along Agia Eirini gorge and want them to take you from the exit.
morning bus will take you to Agia Eirini, Omalos or further up to Chania
The ferries will help you to visit other seaside villages of South Crete.
If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.