Lykos beach, Sfakia, Chania


Author: Giannis Foudoulakis
Lykos Beach near Loutro, Sfakia, Chania, South Crete

The tiny harbor of Lykos (Wolf) is located about 7 km west of Sfakia, along the E4 coastal trekking path that connects Loutro to Agia Roumeli. The easiest way to get here is by hiring a taxi-boat from Sfakia. Another option is to catch one of the frequent ferries that stop in Loutro and then hike for about 1,5 km on the path to Lykos. This remote beach is also accessed by a long dirt road that starts from the village Aradena. Still, it is rather tedious and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle and a lot of nerves.

It may sound a hustle to get here, but if you want to get away for good and, perhaps, make the time stop for a couple of days, then it is definitely worth it. Lykos has 2-3 small hotels by the sea, each one with its own restaurant that offers excellent traditional food. The beach is pebbly and the waters are deep and crystal clear. The rocky bottom is also ideal if you enjoy snorkeling or even spearfishing. The beach itself is not that impressive; if, however, you enjoy hiking, then equip yourselves with lots of drinking water and visit the nearby Gorge of Aradaina or the beaches of Marmara, Foinikas and Loutro. Along the hiking path to Loutro you will come across many ancient olive trees, as well as a fortress with an interesting architecture that dates back to the 19th century.

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