Loutro is a small seaside village situated approximately 71 km south of Chania city, at the end of Cape Mouri. It was the site of the ancient city of Phoenix and was the port of ancient Anopolis. Later, it became the “winter” port for Chora Sfakion, due to the fact that the enclosed bay and the small island at its entrance create a natural harbour where ships can be safe even in very bad weather.
You can stay at Loutro and use it as a base for visiting surrounding beaches, either by taxi boat, canoe or on foot. You can get a small ferry to the majestic beach of Glyka Nera east of the village. Moreover, you can canoe or walk on the E4 trail to the adjacent unorganized pebbly beaches of Timios Stavros and Pervolaki and then continue to Glyka Nera. However, if you want to stay at Loutro, the small beach in front of Loutro and the longer beach right after the east end of the village, called Keramos, are a very good choice, especially when the wind from South is strong. The beaches are pebbly, and well-organised and the water is always calm and has an amazing deep blue and green colour. Moreover, you could either walk or catch a boat to the closeby beaches of Likos, Finikas and Marmara.
Loutro is a place for those people who want something different. A small picturesque fishing village in southwest Crete, not yet spoilt by mass tourism. For example, there are no big hotels with swimming pools. There are no overcrowded streets, restaurants and beaches, there are no cars! The only access is by boat or as you wish, by foot (1.5-2 hour trekking from Chora Sfakion). There are daily ferries to/from Chora Sfakion, Sougia, Gavdos island, Paleochora and Agia Roumeli.
What to do in Loutro
Once in Loutro, enjoy walking in the scenic, unspoiled mountain countryside with its valleys and gorges. Firstly, you could visit the fort Koules above Loutro and then reach Finikas small port. Among the older buildings that you can see in Loutro, you will find the Old School used as the seat of Chancellor of Sfakia in 1821 and the very old Church of Panagia, next to the school and admire the high Cretan date palm trees.. In ancient times, habitats of the area believed in Cretan-born Zeus and Apollo in Delphi. If you want some meters south of the village you will see the ruins of the Castella fort and later you will see part of the ancient town Phoenix and the temple of Apollo.
You could also climb to the beautiful village and plateau of Anopolis; you have to climb 2000 feet on a 2000-year-old mule ascending a zigzag track and reach Anopolis in almost two hours, where there is a very good choice of taverns. You could also explore the gorge of Aradena. Moreover, if you are a keen snorkeler, you might meet sea turtles that are very frequent visitors to Loutro.
The village was named (“Loutro” means “bath” in Greek) after the baths which have been found in the area and from which water was directed to nearby Anopolis.
Loutro beach is a small, secluded beach located in the village of Loutro on the south coast of Crete, Greece.
Yes, Loutro beach is suitable for swimming. The water is clear and calm, making it a great spot for swimming and snorkeling.
Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes located near Loutro beach. Visitors can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and drinks while taking in the beautiful views of the beach and surrounding area.
Loutro beach is not usually crowded, as it is a small and secluded beach. However, it can get busier during peak tourist season.
Visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and relaxing on the beach. There are also hiking trails and boat tours available in the surrounding area.
Yes, Loutro beach is family-friendly. The calm waters and small size of the beach make it a great spot for families with children.
The best time to visit Loutro beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny. However, visitors can also enjoy the beach during the spring and fall months when the weather is cooler and less crowded.
The water colour of the beach is deep blue and green.
The beach has pebbles and fine pebbles.
The water at the beach is deep.
The surface of the sea at the beach is usually calm.
The beach has normal crowds.
The beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, umbrellas/beds, sports, and showers.
The beach can be accessed by boat or walking.
The beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.
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