Sougia is a small village with some
twenty-thirty houses which still has some vestiges of the
old hippy life. Wild camping is still tolerated, and many
people do it. Some people come every year to spend the
whole summer enjoying the good life at the beach in
Sougia. If you’d prefer to get a room, almost every house
has a room for rent. Sougia is one of my favourite
villages on Crete.
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
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