This lovely spot is that of the old city of Lissos, in its lushly green valley setting. The beach is secluded, with sand, pebbles, rocks and deep waters; it is open to the strong south winds. Though undeveloped, all around it grow many trees that allow bathers to unwind in their shade.
The E4 Walking Trail passes through the ancient city, some hour’s walk from the beach.
Lissos was the only town in ancient Crete to issue its own gold coinage – the Lission, which portrayed the heads of the goddess Aphrodite and a dolphin. It acted as one of two harbour towns for the city-state of Elyros, further inland. You can visit the ruins: marvel at the mosaic pavement in the Asklepion, where came the sick from all over Crete to be cured. It was destroyed by an earthquake. Also visit the Roman cemetery and the remains of the theatre.
East of the beach, quite close by, is the picturesque chapel of Aghios Kyrikos: the saint’s day is the 15th July. If you are in the neighbourhood, a stop-off to join the festivities is worthwhile. Pilgrims come by boat or on foot – and a big feast follows the service!
Continuing east, the next stop is Sougia.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Sougia, Kantanos-Selino, Chania
- free camping Yes
- nudism Yes
- beach type Thin Pebble, Pebble, Rocky
- accommodation No
- dinning No
- other facilities
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 70 km south of Chania; about 3 km west of Sougia.
By sea: By boat from Sougia (duration 20 minutes) which is the nearest harbour; or from Paleochora.
On foot: Take the European E4 Hiking Trail from Sougia (distance: 3 km; time around two hours), crossing a small gorge.
By car: Get to Sougia (70 km south of Chania) and then walk for 3 km on the European E4 Hiking Trail.