Hike to the Ancient City of Lissos

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This is a three hour scenic hike to the ancient city of Lissos via the Lissos gorge which is considered to the best and most beautiful on Crete.

This hike starts Southwest of Sougia at the far end of the Sougia harbor. There will be a rocky beach and a small wooden gate that you must open and close behind you. There will be a little wood sign that says "Lissos" to let you know that you're headed in the right direction. The first 30 minutes or so of the trail will be through pines, with the exception of a couple fallen branches the trail is relatively easy. Here you will see a large smooth cliff overhanging the trail which signifies the beginning of the Lissos gorge. After another 10 minutes the trail is going to veer left and start heading up hill. There will be a sign here to follow, but make sure you don't continue deeper into the gorge. You'll head up hill for a time until you reach a level plateau that you'll travel along until you reach a steep drop off. From here you'll have beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea as well as the ancient city of Lissos down below on the beach. Follow the path down into the valley and once you reach the bottom you can explore the different remnants. To get back to Sougia you'll take the same route that you took there. Make sure you leave plenty of time to explore Lissos and have a snack on the beach!

Pack List

  • Sturdy shoes for the rugged trail
  • Lots of water in the summer
  • Daypack for snacks
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RT Distance 3.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 656.2 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Beach
Easy Parking
Scenic

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