Samaria Gorge, is one of the most popular destinations in Crete. The hike itself is not very difficult, especially once you leave behind the stretch of steep descent at the beginning of the trail, but the path is long (the second in Europe, 16km) and crowded (up to 1500 people per day), which makes it quite tiring. But there is also an alternative for the lazy ones…
Another worthwhile excursion starting from Sougia is the hike of the gorge of Agia Irini. A seven kilometers path, easy and with excellent facilities to make the walk more enjoyable. Also in this case it is a great workout and lite resistance test before going for the Samaria Gorge.
We soon discover that from Sougia you can go take some interesting, shorter and less demanding hikes than the Samaria Gorge. So we decide to test our physical condition by first making a visit to the archaeological site of Ancient Lissos. A relatively easy walk, on the E4 path, that takes a couple of hours round trip,