RESORT Crete travel guide

Sougia is a relatively remote and long pebble beach found on the south coast of Crete.

In recent years it has become quite popular but at 1km long the beach rarely feels crowded even on busy summer weekends.

Sougia is located about 75km from Chania over the White Mountains of Lefkas Ori. The remoteness has kept it off the main tourist trail, although it is becoming an increasingly popular weekend retreat for local Cretans.

The road north out of Sougia winds up through the pass at Agia Irini and there are a couple of public buses each day. Most visitors to Sougia beach arrive by boat or come on foot from Paleochora.

Almost completely made up of pebbles, with a sharp drop into the sea, the stones are small, so its not uncomfortable to lie on. There are a few sunbeds and the eastern end is popular with naturists.

There is a small village at Sougia, with plenty of low-key accommodation and some very good tavernas (I counted 10) with menu prices that are well below average for Crete.

Sheltered at the end of a long and deep valley, Sougia is well protected from the northern winds and the beach was recently voted one of the cleanest in Greece.

The resort is also popular with walkers as there are some very good trails, notably to the hill viallge of Lissos and through the dramatic gorge at Agia Irini.