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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:

  • A short walk to the Turkish fortress or a stroll to the ruins of the Venetian castle of Loutro.
  • Hire a canoe and paddle around Loutro bay.
  • Take the morning boat to the nearby beaches of Marmara and Glyka Nera. Glyka Nera is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete and is usually popular with naturists.
  • Make a day trip by boat to the island of Gavdos, the most southern tip of Europe and try to get a glimpse of escorting dolphins.
  • Walk along the path to Glyka Nera. It’s an easy route and takes about an hour.
  • Walk to Marmara, about one and a half hours away.
  • Walk up to Anopolis along the path starting on the east side of Loutro. You climb up to about 700 metres above sea level, with the stunning view unfolding before you all the way.
  • Take the ferry to Agia Roumeli and walk up the Samaria Gorge. This is known as the “lazy way”, as it’ s only 3.5 km from Agia Roumeli to the “Sideroportes” (Iron Gates), the narrowest point of the gorge.
  • If you love adventure and extreme sports, you can enjoy a plunge into nothingness by bungee jumping from the high bridge over the Aradaina Gorge.
  • If you prefer a bit of a trek, walk along the spectacular and still lonesome Aradaina Gorge. Start in Loutro, walk up to Anopoli, and follow the paved road to Aradaina. The entrance is just after the high bridge and the exit is at Marmara beach, from where you can return to Loutro along the coast path. This trip may take more than six hours (breaks not counted), and in July or August when it is really hot, only experienced walkers should start on this trip. Some returning visitors find this the finest hike you can do in the area.