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Distance

4.16 mi

Elevation gain

1,358 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,358 ft

Max elevation

545 ft

Trailrank

75 5

Min elevation

-32 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

7 hours 50 minutes

Coordinates

874

Uploaded

May 27, 2018

Recorded

July 2015
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545 ft
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near Soúgia, Crete (Greece)

The archaeological site of Lissos can be reached both from Paleohora - Gialiskari (longer) or from Sougia (shorter) following the E4 path along the coast.
From Sougia the hike is very characteristic since it first follows a gorge, and then crosses a panoramic plateau, before plunging down to Lissos.
Here I propose a more adventurous and panoramic variation on this: my track abandons the marked path as soon as the plateau is reached, pointing directly to its SSE corner. Overcoming some rock steps, which need some care but do not oppose any substantial difficulty, it then descends obliquely to the coast, which is reached not far from the little beach of Lissos.
The photographic documentation mixes material of 2011, when I was coming from Paleohora directed to Sougia - Lefka Ori, and 2015, when I was performing just a round trip from Sougia. The Gps track was recorded in 2015.

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Mooring point

Sougia harbour

  • Photo of Sougia harbour
  • Photo of Sougia harbour
  • Photo of Sougia harbour
  • Photo of Sougia harbour
  • Photo of Sougia harbour
  • Photo of Sougia harbour
Waypoint

Start of gorge

  • Photo of Start of gorge
  • Photo of Start of gorge
  • Photo of Start of gorge
  • Photo of Start of gorge
Waypoint

Gorge

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  • Photo of Gorge
  • Photo of Gorge
  • Photo of Gorge
Waypoint

Exit from gorge

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  • Photo of Exit from gorge
  • Photo of Exit from gorge
  • Photo of Exit from gorge
  • Photo of Exit from gorge
Very quick and easy, since the gorge is not deep at this point.
Intersection

Fork

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  • Photo of Fork
Abandon the path and take left. There is no path, but the terrain is easy, although full of bushes.
Waypoint

Rock step

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  • Photo of Rock step
  • Photo of Rock step
Panorama

Panoramic point

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This is perhaps the most striking spot of the detour from the classical path.
Waypoint

Band and second step

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  • Photo of Band and second step
Waypoint

Sea level

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  • Photo of Sea level
  • Photo of Sea level
  • Photo of Sea level
  • Photo of Sea level
After first touching the shore, one has to overcome a last stretch of rocks before the apparition of the Panagia, followed by the wonderful beach of Lissos.
Religious site

Panagia

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  • Photo of Panagia
  • Photo of Panagia
  • Photo of Panagia
  • Photo of Panagia
This little church is not far from the beach, but coming from Lissos you can miss it if you do not know that it is there.
Beach

Paralia

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  • Photo of Paralia
  • Photo of Paralia
  • Photo of Paralia
Although the main interest of Lissos is an archaeological one, one could come here just for the beauty of its beach.
Waypoint

Path from beach to Lissos

Waypoint

Lissos

  • Photo of Lissos
The point where the detour to the beach forks from the main E4 path. There are some cisterns in the vicinity.
Religious site

Agios Kyriakos

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  • Photo of Agios Kyriakos
  • Photo of Agios Kyriakos
  • Photo of Agios Kyriakos
  • Photo of Agios Kyriakos
  • Photo of Agios Kyriakos
Waypoint

Place in shadow

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  • Photo of Place in shadow
  • Photo of Place in shadow
  • Photo of Place in shadow
Archaeological site

Asklepeion

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  • Photo of Asklepeion
  • Photo of Asklepeion
  • Photo of Asklepeion
  • Photo of Asklepeion
Ruins of a temple, with a wonderful mosaic and with inscriptions carved on stones.
Waypoint

View on temple

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  • Photo of View on temple
  • Photo of View on temple
Waypoint

Switchbacks

Panorama

Plateau

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  • Photo of Plateau
  • Photo of Plateau
  • Photo of Plateau
The point where the switchbacks reach the plateau is of course panoramic.

2 comments

  • Photo of Alvaro sin más

    Alvaro sin más Aug 7, 2018

    the time is real? or with stops... we are thinking in do it, but there are many hours... Thanks!

  • Photo of Alberto Pedrotti

    Alberto Pedrotti Aug 7, 2018

    All stops are included! Probably also a swim is included. Walking should be 4-5 hours.
    Cheers, Alberto.

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