As you are heading to Sougia in the south of Crete you will get the feeling of leaving "civilisation". At the end of a very long gorge and in the middle of a natural bowl among high rising mountains this little fishermen's village is situated on the shore of a long running bay. Along the wide pebble beach you can find a lot of ancient ruins. The sparing vegetation of this remote area consists mainly of macchia, olive trees and very old tamarisk trees by
the sea. During the winter not more than 20 people live here - while in the summer a couple of hundreds tourists arrive to enjoy this relaxing life. Even in high season it is possible
to find a quiet little place for sunbathing along the beautiful beach At the eastern end of the beach, at the so called "pig's bay", which is divided from the rest of the beach by a big rock, it is even possible to leave your swimming suit in your beach bag.
Sougia still is a little known secret - especially during the low season.
Everyone who has stayed here for their holidays likes to come back again. No wonder every year the same people are meeting uo here, and it is really astonishing how many "Sougia-maniacs" there are.
A couple of tavernas, two or three mini markets, a couple of bars and two open-air discotheques provide
a variety of entertainment for the evenings for people holidaying here.
There is a public bus once a day going to Chania in the morning, and coming back in the afternoon.
Also there is Vangelis, the village taxi driver and a ferryboat(a regular timetable starts in
the middle of May), which leaves Sougia in the morning to go east to Agia Roumeli and comes back via Sougia to Paleohora in the late afternoon, all of which represent public connections to the "rest of the world". You won’t find a bank, or any money exchange facility, so to get cash you have to travel to Paleohora. A doctor can be found 12 km away, in the little village of Rodovani, where there is also a post office.