Hi everyone! My name is Helen and I love exploring Crete, running and hiking in the mountains and on the trails. I am excited to share with you some of my favourite routes 🙂
This trail is one of my personal favorites, offering a delightful combination of coastal views, mountain climbs, ancient ruins, and stunning beaches. With its diverse landscapes and rich historical heritage, this trail promises an unforgettable adventure for nature lovers and history buffs alike.
For those seeking to avoid car shuttle arrangements, the easiest way to experience this trail is to drive to Paleochora, which takes approximately 1 ½ hours from Chania, and then catch a boat to Sougia.
The trail begins at the drop-off point where the boat leaves you, and you set off on an exciting trek through the captivating gorge of Lissos. As you make your way up the mountain, the remnants of the ancient village come into view, offering a glimpse into the glorious past of Lissos.
Lissos gained fame for its renowned Temple of Asklepios (Aesculapium), a center for healing where individuals from all corners of the island sought solace in the therapeutic thermal baths. Though the temple succumbed to a devastating earthquake, the mosaic floor adorned with intricate depictions of animals and geometric patterns remains a testament to its former grandeur.
Continuing along the trail, you meander through the mountains until you emerge onto the breathtaking coast. Here, the famous Galiskari beach awaits, inviting you to cool off with a rejuvenating dip in the crystal-clear sea. Galiskari beach also offers the option of enjoying the freedom of nudity, allowing you to truly connect with nature.
After a refreshing break, you will continue along the coast, following a scenic dirt road. As you navigate along this stretch, the picturesque Paleochora comes into view, marking your approach to the end of the trail. From here, you will proceed along the road back to the starting point where you parked your car by the port. Reward yourself with an ice-cold beverage and a well-deserved dinner, savoring the memories of your exhilarating journey.
Approximately 16km long, with little shade, please bring plenty of water, wear sun tan lotion and take snacks with you. This is the E4 path and so is generally well marked with yellow/black markers but I would always recommend taking a gpx file with you.