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Sfakia, South Hania
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Loutró (GR: Λουτρό) is a small seaside resort on the south coast of Chania Prefecture in west Crete, halfway from Hora Sfakion to Agia Roumeli, where the Samarian gorge ends.
The majestic scenery, the calmness, the crystal clear water and the hospitality of the local people made Loutro a popular resort with numerous friends and ardent visitors.
No cars, no bikes... nothing to spoil the peace of this historical place.
Some small hotels, apartments and rooms as well as a few lovely taverns on the water's edge, offer their guests a friendly atmosphere that makes Loutro an ideal place for vacation and relax.
Additionally, the visitor can enjoy the natural beauty of the southwestern shores of Crete with various day trips to archaeological sites, gorges and unforgettable virgin beaches.
There are a few mini markets where visitors can buy the basics. ATM is available only in Hora Sfakion and Credit cards are not accepted in Loutro.
Access
Daily ferry services are scheduled from Hora Sfakion to Loutro.
There is also boat connection with Paleohora and Gavdos island.

What to do in Loutro
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.
- 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, 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.

History
Loutro is a small place but it too has a rich history. This is the site of the ancient city of Phoenix, an important harbour in Hellenistic and Roman times. Today nothing remains of ancient Phoenix except the name preserved by the small village in the bay west of Loutro. Later the Saracen pirates used Loutro as a lair from which to attack the ships sailing south of Crete. The Venetians managed to drive out the Saracens and fortified Loutro with a small fortress whose ruins are still visible today. Another fortress preserved in better condition in Loutro is evidence of the Turkish presence here.


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