Loutro lies on the south coast of Chania Prefecture in west Crete, between Chora Sfakion and Agia Roumeli, the exit of the Samaria Gorge. The whole area is known as Sfakia. The only way to get to Loutro is by ferry from Chora Sfakion. There is no road there, which is part of its unique charm. The boat leaves the harbour at Chora Sfakion, travels past the steep coastline with its caves and cliffs dropping sheer into the deep blue water, and enters the calm bay of Loutro where a row of white houses comes into view, crowning the small beach hidden in the arms of the Sfakia mountains.
The village was named after the baths which have been found in the area ("Loutro" means "bath" in Greek) and from which water was directed to nearby Anopolis. Among the older buildings that are found there, you will see the Municipal Building used by the first government, in 1821. From Loutro you can visit the ruins of the ancient town of Aradena, with the Byzantine Church of Archangel Michael as well as the ruins of ancient Anopolis.
Every house in Loutro gives the impression that it’s trying to squeeze in next to the sea. In Loutro you drink your coffee, eat and sleep next to the sea. From your window you can gaze out at the sapphire sea in the daytime and watch the moon reflected in the calm dark waters at night. Swim from the small pebbly beach, have a beer at a taverna, enjoy the peace and quiet and feel the stress and tensions of everyday life melt away into the unruffled water.
If at some point you do get bored of sunning yourself, drinking cold beers and looking lazily at the sea, Loutro offers a wide range of fun choices providing a little exercise: