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Lihnou Laki Gorge

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Located just half an hour above the Lissos archaeological site, in a concealed location known as Lichnou Laki, is a small yet stunning canyon. This gorge is situated in the Selino district, beneath the village of Prodromi, to the south of Chania. It can be accessed via a dirt road that leads south from the village. This petite canyon is lush with greenery and is divided into two distinct sections. The first section is predominantly populated with lentisks, junipers, and oaks, while the second section is blanketed with pine trees, despite a previous fire that ravaged the area.

The gentle riverbed of Lichnou Laki canyon doesn’t feature any waterfalls or other impediments. At the canyon’s most striking point, there is a picturesque rock shelter forming a triangle. Towards the lower exit, a plateau is scattered with ceramic fragments, a clear indication of a former ancient settlement.

Most frequent asked questions

Where is Lihnou Laki Gorge located?

Lihnou Laki Gorge is located in the Chania Region of Crete, Greece.

What is the difficulty level of hiking in Lihnou Laki Gorge?

The hiking difficulty level in Lihnou Laki Gorge is moderate, with some steep and rocky sections.

What is the best time to visit Lihnou Laki Gorge?

The best time to visit Lihnou Laki Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the vegetation is lush.

Is it necessary to have a guide to hike in Lihnou Laki Gorge?

It is not necessary to have a guide to hike in Lihnou Laki Gorge, but it is recommended for safety reasons and to learn about the history and nature of the area.

Are there any entrance fees to visit Lihnou Laki Gorge?

No, there are no entrance fees to visit Lihnou Laki Gorge.

What should I bring with me when hiking in Lihnou Laki Gorge?

It is recommended to bring sturdy hiking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and a camera to capture the stunning views.

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  • Soúgia

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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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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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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Garden Of Olive Trees has garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, situated in Asfendhilés, 41 km from Samaria Gorge.

The lodge provides guests with a terrace, mountain views, a seating area, a TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a dishwasher, and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. An oven and toaster are also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Guests at Garden Of Olive Trees can enjoy hiking nearby, or make the most of the garden.

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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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