Sougia to Paleochora
Information about the hike
The hike from Sougia to Paleochora is a captivating journey that showcases the diverse and stunning landscape of Crete. This trail, weaving along the southern coast of the island, offers hikers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical sites, and traditional Cretan villages.
Sougia, the starting point, is a small seaside village known for its laid-back atmosphere and pebbled beach. Before embarking on the hike, visitors can explore the village’s ancient ruins, including the remnants of a Roman city and an early Christian basilica with beautiful floor mosaics. The village is also a perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood at one of the local tavernas.
The trail to Paleochora is approximately 15 kilometers long and is considered moderately challenging, suitable for experienced hikers. It follows the E4 European long-distance path and takes about 5-6 hours to complete. The hike offers spectacular views of the Libyan Sea and the rugged Cretan mountains, with opportunities to spot local wildlife and a variety of endemic plants.
As the trail winds along the coastline, hikers will encounter secluded coves and beaches, ideal for a refreshing swim or a relaxing break. The path also passes through ancient olive groves and small Cretan villages, where time seems to stand still. These villages offer a glimpse into the traditional Cretan way of life and are great spots to rest and interact with friendly locals.
Upon reaching Paleochora, hikers are greeted by a vibrant town with a unique character. Paleochora is known for its fortress, built by the Venetians in the 13th century, and its picturesque streets filled with cafés, shops, and eateries. The town also boasts both sandy and pebbly beaches, perfect for unwinding after the hike.