The beach and the small port of Sougia are located at the ancient city of Syia, whose name etymologically is translated as the "hog-city". Today, only a few ruins of the ancient city remain, primarily from the Roman period and several of the oaks, which were used in the rearing of pigs. Syia was the seaport of ancient Elyros, one of the most important urban centres of south-western Crete during the classical period. The ruins of ancient Elyros can be found just outside the village of Rodovani, which is about 10 km northwest of Sougia. The second seaport of Elyros was the ancient Lissos, which you can visit by following for about 2 hours the hiking trail E4 west of Sougia.
Modern Sougia is a small seaside village with several facilities for accommodation and food. It is quite remote, as it is located in the southern part of the island and is about 60 km from the town of Chania. However, it has very good transportation by sea and communicates daily with ferries to Paleohora, Agia Roumeli, Sfakia and Gavdos. Sougia leads to the gorge of Agia Irini, which is ideal for easy hiking that lasts about four hours.
The beach stretches for about 1 km and has pebbles and deep waters. It is particularly popular with naturists, who mainly are in the eastern part of the beach, which has not sun loungers and umbrellas. Along the beach there are tamarisk trees, which make it famous with campers. In many places there are umbrellas and sun loungers, as well as many cafés and taverns by the sea and in the village. After the rocks east of the beach, there is a hidden pebbly bay. You can also swim in a small beach with a rocky bottom by the small port on the west side.