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Walk to Lissos from Sougia in Crete

A hike that I'm keen on is the one to Lissos quite close to Sougia in southern Crete. The walk starts at the harbour located as far west as you can get in Sougia. The hike is easy and takes about 1½ hours if you walk all the way down to the sea. The first part is most spectacular, in places you feel really small.

 

Walk to Lissos from Sougia in southern Crete.

On a walk to Lissos. My wife Camilla is visible under the white arrow.

 


Hiking in Paleochora and Sougia in southern Crete.

The hike goes through a very beautiful landscape.

 

Hike to Lissos from Sougia in Crete.

On the way to the little beach you see in the picture below.

 

Hike to unknown beaches in southern Crete.

The aim for the hike is this small beach.


Lissos is known since ancient times when it was a great city and an important port. Lissos was famous for a temple dedicated to Asclepius - the god of medicine and the son of Apollo. Parts of the temple remain and can be seen. Even parts of the beautiful mosaic floor are intact. You can see traces of the old city almost everywhere during the walk. Unfortunately, information signs are missing, so for an amateur, most of it is shrouded in mystery. But with a little imagination...

 

Temple dedicated to Asklepios who was the god of health and son of Apollo in Crete.

Remains of the ancient temple.

 

I am very fond of this hike, partly because it is easy to walk, partly because you feel the breath of history, and partly because the walk ends at the sea. After 1½ hours of sweating, it is wonderful to go for a swim at the cute little beach with a beautiful location. The beach is quite rocky but the water is wonderful.

 

The beach in Lissos close to Sougia in southern Crete.

The walk ends at this small beach.

 

Lissos beach in southern Crete.

The beach is quite rocky but the water is wonderful. Bring a snorkel and mask.

 

A refreshing swim is the perfect end to a wonderful hike. The hiking route - which is part of the E4 coastal path - starts and ends in Sougia in southern Crete, near Paleochora.

 

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