Walks near Sougia
The climate and geography of Crete make the
island an ideal destination for walkers and hikers and it has
become quite a popular activity in the past few years. There
are good walks on all of the island but the West of Crete, due
to its combination of high mountains, gorges and beautiful coastal
areas is the destination of choice for most walkers.
Sougia is quite well placed as a base for several walks, some
in the immediate vicinity of the village, others a little further
away. In time, we will provide descriptions of these walks.
Departing (or ending) in Sougia
Walk through the gorge of Agia Irini,
the local gorge, almost as beautiful and far less crowded than
Walk to Lissos, an easy
walk to a very special place.
Walk to Paleohora, following the coast towards the West.
Walk to Tripiti, one
of the most beautiful coastal walks in Crete.
Walk to Ochros (807 m), a walk to the local mountain.
Walk from Koustogerako to Omalos, a little known walk
through an old oak forest to the plateau of Omalos. Though not
difficult this walk requires a good sense of orientation.
In the region
gorge of Samaria is easily accessible from Sougia:
take the early morning bus going to Hania. On the way, the
driver will let you off to catch the bus coming from Paleohora
and going to Omalos. Once you have walked through Samaria,
catch the afternoon ferry back to Sougia.
Walk to the summit of Gingilos (1980
You need to drive (or take the bus) to Omalos and the entrance
of the Samaria gorge. The path to Gingilos starts there. The
walk to the summit and back (by the same route) takes between
5 and 6 hours. You will need to have your own transport or arrange
a taxi (in Sougia BEFORE you go) in order to get back to Sougia
as there is no bus going from Omalos to Sougia.