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Lissos Beach, situated in the Agios Kyrikos region, lies about 71km south of Chania city and 3km west of Sougia. It was historically the seaport for the nearby town of Elyros, the remnants of which can now be found near the modern village of Rodovani.

Lissos Beach is a secluded and unspoiled spot, characterized by large pebbles and exposure to the southern winds. Visitors and campers can find shade under the beach’s abundant trees. Access to the beach is either via a 20-minute boat ride or a 90 to 120-minute hike from Sougia, a journey that passes through the scattered ruins of ancient Lissos.

Near the beach stands the charming Church of St. Kirikos, which holds a celebration on July 15th. If you happen to be in the area the day before, you can join in the festivities. Pilgrims arrive by boat from Sougia to participate in the ceremony and subsequent celebration.

Lissos experienced its golden age during the Hellenistic period, flourishing until the 9th century when it was razed by the Saracens. The town was renowned for its asclepion, or healing thermal baths, which attracted patients from across the island. The mosaic floors of Asclepios, despite being damaged by an earthquake, are still visible today.

A walk through the Lissos Valley will reveal an array of ancient ruins, including capitals, a Roman cemetery with vaulted graves, and the remains of an ancient theatre. The discovery of numerous statues and coins in the region suggests that Lissos was more prosperous than its parent city, Elyros. The most notable statues, those of the Goddess Hygeia (Health), Asclepius, and Pluto, are now displayed in the Archaeological Museum in Chania.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Lissos beach?

Lissos beach is located in the southwestern part of Crete, Greece.

Is Lissos beach accessible by car?

No, Lissos beach is not accessible by car. Visitors can reach the Lissos beach by hiking or taking a boat from Sougia or Paleochora.

What is the hiking trail like to Lissos beach?

The hiking trail to Lissos beach is approximately 5 kilometers long and takes about an hour to complete. The trail is rocky and steep in some areas, so proper footwear is recommended.

What is the history of Lissos beach?

Lissos beach was once an important ancient city in Crete, known for its healing sanctuary dedicated to the god Asclepius. The ruins of the sanctuary and other ancient structures can still be seen near the Lissos beach.

Are there any other attractions near Lissos beach?

Yes, there are several other attractions near Lissos beach, including the Agia Irini Gorge, the village of Lissos, and the ancient city of Elyros.

Is Lissos beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Lissos beach is suitable for swimming, but visitors should be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty and the water can be rough at times.

What is the best time of year to visit Lissos beach?

The best time of year to visit Lissos beach is during the summer months when the weather is warm and sunny. However, visitors should be prepared for crowds during this time.

What is the water colour of the Lissos beach?

The water colour of the Lissos beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Lissos beach?

The Lissos beach has pebbles as its sand type.

What is the water depth of the Lissos beach?

The Lissos beach has a normal water depth.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Lissos beach?

The sea surface at the Lissos beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the Lissos beach?

The Lissos beach is usually quiet with fewer crowds.

What facilities are available at the Lissos beach?

There are no facilities available at the Lissos beach.

What are the modes of access to the Lissos beach?

The Lissos beach can be accessed by boat or walking.

What other information should I know about the Lissos beach?

The Lissos beach is nudism friendly and ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing. There is also tree shade available.

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Just 10 metres from Sougia Beach in Crete, Santa Irene features a snack bar with a furnished terrace. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout and self-catering units with views over the Libyan Sea or the garden.

Opening to a balcony, all studios and apartments of Santa Irene are air conditioned and have a well-equipped kitchenette with dining area. A safe, a satellite TV and a bathroom with a shower and hairdryer are available.

Guests can start their day with a continental breakfast served daily at the dining area. Drinks, coffees and light meals can be enjoyed at the sea side snack bar. Taverns and mini markets are within a short walk.

Chania Town is located 60 km from Santa Irene, while Chania International Airport is 78 km away. The small coastal town of Paleochora is 34 km away. Free public parking is possible on site.

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Located within 300 metres from Sougia Beach, Galini offers accommodation with furnished balconies overlooking the Lefka Ori mountain range. Rooms are equipped with fridge and a TV.

Studios and Apartments Galini feature air-conditioned units with coffee-making facilities. Most accommodation types include kitchenettes. Room cleaning is provided daily.

Family-run Galini Studios & Apartments offer free Wi-Fi access in all studios and apartments. There are barbecue facilities in the garden as well as a common kitchen. Free private parking is possible on site.

The scenic Sougia village is located by the Libyan sea, about 70 km from the city of Chania. There are many tavernas and shops for everyday necessities. Samaria Gorge and Agia Irini Gorge are easily accessible by boat.

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  • Sougia

Situated just 200 metres from the beach of Sougia, 3-star Syia Hotel offers self-catering rooms with private balcony. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.

Syia open-plan studios and two-room apartments are bright and very spacious. They include a well-equipped kitchenette with coffee maker, toaster and fridge. Climate control, a satellite TV and a hairdryer are included.

Guests can start their day with the breakfast served at the property’s dining area. They can also enjoy a drink from the bar either at the lounge area or at the furnished terrace overlooking the Libyan Sea.

Syia serves as a convenient starting point for exploring the beaches of South Crete, such as Palaiochora located a 30-minute drive away. Free on-site parking is possible.




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  • Prodromi

Featuring a sun terrace, Archon Villa is a detached holiday home situated in Palaiochóra. The air-conditioned unit is 36 km from Chania Town.

A dishwasher and an oven can be found in the kitchen and there is a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player is offered. Other facilities at Archon Villa include a swimming pool.

Chania International Airport is 46 km away.

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Located in Sougia, 33 km from Samaria Gorge, Monastery Estate Retreat provides accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service and a concierge service, along with free WiFi. The property is allergy-free and is set 46 km from Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete.

The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a coffee machine, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a shower. All rooms come with a kettle, while some rooms are equipped with a patio and others also offer pool views. At Monastery Estate Retreat each room is equipped with bed linen and towels.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.

Monastery Estate Retreat offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna and spa centre.

The nearest airport is Chania International, 68 km from the hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • Moni Selinou

Built of stone and wood, Monastery Estate is located in the traditional Moni Village of Chania, within 4.5 km from Sougia Beach. It offers self-catering accommodation with fireplace, free Wi-Fi and a patio overlooking the mountain range of Lefka Ori.

Fitted with wooden floors and beamed ceilings, the apartments of Monastery combine modern and traditional elements. Each air-conditioned unit features a seating and a dining area and a well-equipped kitchen. The stone-built bathroom comes with shower and a hairdryer.

Restaurants and mini markets can be found at Sougia Village, within 4.5 km from Monastery Estate. The famous Agia Eirini Gorge is at 13 km, while the seaside Paleochora is 28 km away. Free private parking is possible on site.

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