Sougia Paleochora Trail

Sougia Paleochora Trail

Sougia Paleochora Trail


59 €




5 hours

Sougia Paleochora Trail


Get ready for an exhilarating running adventure in Crete that combines breathtaking sea views, ancient ruins, and a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of Galiskari beach as we run from Sougia to Paleochora.


Our journey begins as we board a boat in Paleochora, allowing us to appreciate the beauty of the island from a unique perspective—the sparkling sea. As we approach Sougia, our starting point, we get a glimpse of the trail that awaits us, building anticipation for the running adventure ahead.


Once we disembark, we waste no time and immediately set foot on the trail. Our path takes us through the scenic gorge of Sougia, surrounded by nature’s grandeur. As we ascend, the ancient village of Lissos comes into view. Lissos is renowned for its Temple of Asklepios, once a bustling center for healing and thermal baths. Although the temple fell victim to an earthquake, the mosaic floor adorned with intricate animal depictions and geometric patterns still stands as a testament to its former splendor.


Leaving Lissos behind, we continue our run, descending to a plateau before ascending a second hill. At the summit, we’re rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of the sea, where the tranquil beauty of the coastline unfolds before us. The sight is sure to leave you breathless in the best possible way.


From there, we run along the coastline, with Crete’s blue seas on one side and magnificent mountains on the other side. Our next stop is Galiskari beach, where the inviting waters beckon us for a refreshing dip. Take a moment to cool off, relax, and recharge before we continue our journey.


Revitalized and energized, we resume our run along a dirt road, retracing our steps back to Paleochora. As we make our way, you’ll have a chance to soak in the remaining beauty of the landscape, savoring the final moments of this unforgettable trail.


Spanning approximately 9 miles (15 kilometers), this trail offers a diverse mix of technical, single track, and dirt road sections, providing a dynamic running experience. Each step brings you closer to ancient history, natural wonders, and the allure of the coastline.


Join us on this trail for an incredible adventure that blends running, history, and seaside splendor. Discover the hidden gems of Crete, connect with fellow runners, and create memories that will last a lifetime.