The attractive beach has some small stones mixed in with the sand. The tents start just after the last house to the east of the town.
Under every tree here you’ll find the long-term campers. There are often groups who are not especially welcoming to newcomers. In the summer you’ll also find a lot of Athenians who’ve had enough of the big city and are trying to get back to nature. At the end of the beach, nudism is the rule, rather than the exception.
Eating in Sougia: There are some good tavernas with reasonable prices in Sougia. My favourite is the Galini in the town centre. It has typical Cretan fare with good prices, and a friendly service. You always get one of two things for free (e.g. garlic bread, cake or raki).
Accommodation in Sougia: A nice, cheap place is the pension Ririka. The elderly woman running the place asks €25 for a double room, but I was able to bargain her down to €20. A good argument to use is ‘I don’t want air-conditioning!’. To make sure you really didn’t want air-conditioning, however – Maria will take away the remote – so be sure that you really don’t want it!
There are two big nightclubs in Sougia. If you want to get to sleep before 4am do not take a room near them. Alabama at the beach is the better of the two. In the town centre there’s Internet Café Lotus where you can check your emails and surf the web.
The bus from Chania to Sougia leaves daily (Summer 2006) at 2pm. From Sougia to Chania there is a daily bus at 6pm. You can also catch a bus to Omalos (entrance to the Samaria Gorge) some days – you can either walk the gorge or go onto Chania from here. If you’re thinking of walking the Samaria Gorge, Sougia is a good place to do that using public transport. You can take the bus to the entrance at 7am, and at around 5pm (ask before) there’s a ferry from Agia Roumeli back to Sougia. This ferry also goes on towards Paleochora.
A must for all people who visit Sougia is a walk through the Irini Gorge.
Map Sougia Crete
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