Loutro is a small, idyllic fishing village situated about 71 km south of Chania city, located at the end of Cape Mouri. This picturesque area was once the site of the ancient city of Phoenix and the port of ancient Anopolis. It then went on to become the “winter” port for Chora Sfakion, as the enclosed bay and small island at its entrance created a natural harbor which provided protection to ships even in very bad weather.
When in Loutro, you can explore the area by either taking a taxi boat, canoeing or walking. You can get a small ferry to the stunning Glyka Nera beach east of the village, or canoe or walk along the E4 trail until you reach the nearby unorganized pebbly beaches of Timios Stavros and Pervolaki, and then continue to Glyka Nera. Additionally, you can enjoy the pebbly beaches of the small beach in front of Loutro and the one at the east end of the village, called Keramos, which are great options especially when the wind comes from the south. The waters here have a deep blue and green color and are always calm. Other nearby beaches to check out include Likos, Finikas and Marmara.
If you’re looking for something different, Loutro is the place to be. It has yet to be spoiled by mass tourism, which means there are no big hotels with swimming pools, no overcrowded streets, restaurants and beaches, and no cars! The only way to access the village is by boat or by foot (a 1.5-2 hour trekking from Chora Sfakion). Daily ferries run to/from Chora Sfakion, Sougia, Gavdos island, Paleochora and Agia Roumeli.
When in Loutro, you can enjoy a walk in the scenic, unspoiled mountain countryside with its valleys and gorges, and visit the fort Koules above Loutro and reach Finikas small port. There are also older buildings to explore, such as the Old School used as seat of Chancellor of Sfakia in 1821 and the very old Church of Panagia, as well as high Cretan date palm trees. A few meters south from the village, you can see the ruins of the Castella fort, and part of the ancient town Phoenix and the temple of Apollo. You can also climb to the beautiful village and plateau of Anopolis (which will take about two hours), and explore the Aradena gorge. Plus, if you’re a snorkeler, you may spot the sea turtles that are frequent visitors of the area.
The village was originally named “Loutro” (which means “bath” in Greek) after the baths which have been found in the area and from which water was directed to nearby Anopolis.