Top 10 Things to Do in Loutro

With one of the most impressive backdrops in Crete, the quaint and picturesque fishing village of Loutro promises a Greek island getaway full of swimming, delicious local cuisine, hiking, and loads of R&R! 

The main reason to spend time in Loutro is to unwind and slow down. Boasting a unique waterfront filled with whitewashed villas, blossoming bougainvillea and charming seaside taverns, this Cretan destination (that can only be accessed by sea or on foot) is the ideal place to de-stress while enjoying the Greek island life.

We have put together a list of the Top 10 Things to do in Loutro!

1. Enjoy the simple things in life

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Sail around Loutro

When travelling to Loutro you don’t need much. Pack lightly and enjoy the fact that you don’t need to dress up or impress. In Loutro, visitors go from a long swim at the beach straight to a tavern for lunch, back to the beach before making their way to another great local restaurant to eat dinner before heading back to their hotel to sleep (and repeat the same thing the next day). Loutro is all about keeping things simple and enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds you. The tiny village is quite easy to explore on foot. Loutro is shaped in such a great way that keeps everything and everyone connected.

2. Sail the day away 

Take in the stunning sea, which ranges from light turquoise to deep navy blue. There’s no better way to appreciate the pristine sea of Loutro than hiring a boat and sailing along the coast. This way you can reach some of the gorgeous remote nearby beaches where you can swim, dive, and snorkel to discover the Lybian sea. A cheaper option is hiring a kayak or canoe and make your way over to the nearby beaches of Glyka Nera and Marmara.

3. Experience the unforgettable Imbros Gorge

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Imbros Gorge

Less crowded and shorter than the famous Samaria, Imbros Gorge is the perfect spot for those who want some adventure for the day, while taking in the striking landscape. Take a day off from the beach and catch the ferry to Chora Sfakia, then take the bus that heads towards Chania and stops off at the entrance of Imbros. This is truly an unforgettable experience for anyone who loves being close to nature.

4. Hike the Aradena gorge

For those after a more challenging hike try the Aradena Gorge, which is surrounded by high red stoned walls. Keep in mind the hike can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours (depending on experience) but the effort is worth it. From here you can go bungee jumping off Aradena Bridge; this is the tallest bridge for bungee jumping in all of Greece and the second tallest in Europe! 

5. Head to the Cyclopean Walls 

From Anopoli’s main square, continue to Agia Ekaterini where you will come across the remains of the Cyclopean Walls that once surrounded the city. From this spot, you can admire the panoramic views of Loutro and the open sea off the coast of Crete.

6. Visit the Venetian castle 

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Venetian Fortress

Known as the Venetian Castle of Loutro, this abandoned fortress overlooking the bay from above offers some magical vistas. Enjoy walking through the scenic and mountainous valleys and gorges.

7. Stroll around the tiny village

Loutros’ tiny village, with its quiet vibe, is filled with lovely narrow alleyways that lead up to the mountain. During the seaside walk, you will come across many fish taverns, cafes, and friendly locals who will show you what Cretan hospitality is all about. You will also come across a few shops that have items made by local artisans, including sandals, jewellery, ceramics, and other art. Also, make sure to sit down at one of the cafés and enjoy a Greek coffee while taking in the breathtaking landscape. 

8. Swim all day and night 

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Crystal clear waters

If you love to swim, Loutro has you covered. Within walking distance are beaches such as Loutro Bay, Timios Stavros Beach and Ilingas. Also, make sure you get across and swim at the incredibly beautiful Glyka Nera and Marmara Beach. Around 700 meters west of Loutro, you will find the small beach of Finikas as well as Lykos

9. Taste local delicacies

Make sure to stop at one of the many bakeries to sample Cretan Paximadia that are semi-sweet biscuits or rusks with star anise. If you make your way over to the historic settlement of Anopolis, you will be able to try a hot Sfakian pie filled with goat cheese and drizzled with delicious thyme honey, also make sure to try famous Cretan Kalitsounia and Boureki. And don’t leave before having a shot of Tsikoudia (Cretan specialty). 

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Eat at one of the local fish taverns

10. Try some of the best Cretan food 

Our fave places to eat at are Pavlos for their fresh seafood, and be sure to taste their homemade Sfakian pita. Head to Stratis for their grilled meat and Notos is a small family-run taverna with a huge range of fresh vegan and vegetarian dishes and a gorgeous little terrace. Blue House is also a lovely family restaurant, where you can enjoy a range of Cretan cuisine. And for a drink and casual light meal, head to Akroyiali, which is the only beach bar in Loutro.  

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Villa Niki

Where to stay 

Madares is a family-run hotel with panoramic views of the Libyan Sea, Villa Niki is a great place to stay in the village, with wonderful views of the bay, and the mountains. Porto Loutro is one of the bigger hotels but still offers friendly, family-like hospitality. At Daskalogiannis Hotel you can also expect great service, traditional Cretan hospitality, and sea views. 

How to get there 

In order to reach Loutro, you first need to make your way to Chora Sfakion. Boats to Loutro depart from the port of Chora Sfakion daily during peak season and the boat trip is about 20 minutes. 

Stylish New Beach Resort Set to Open in Crete

Plan to escape the daily grind at Numo Ierapetra Beach Resort, an ultra-stylish seaside hotel in Crete that is set to make its grand debut in June. 

Set on a beachfront and surrounded by lush greenery, this serene and sophisticated space is home to designer rooms and suites with an earthy palette and outdoor living spaces designed to help guests relax and unwind. 


Numo Ierapetra Beach Resort boasts a secluded location, 10 minutes from the heart of Ierapetra and about 30 minutes drive from Heraklion Airport. Ierapetra is nestled along the southeastern coast of Crete and offers a laid-back small-town experience – perfect for those seeking peace and privacy on their next Greek island getaway. With Heraklion so close by you can easily explore the Palace of Knossos, the historic Church of Agios Minas, and the intriguing art and artifacts on display at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Style & Character

In a sun-drenched, beachfront location surrounded by evergreen gardens, it is a luxury resort with earthy design touches and a serene ambiance. Private swimming pools and cozy terraces complete an intimate scene where relaxation and sophisticated design become one. At the same time, the cool vibes coming from the beach area add a light touch of excitement to the experience. With a thoughtful design that offers easy and enjoyable transitions between the bedrooms and the outdoor living areas; everything is designed to make guests relax. The warm, cozy atmosphere and carefully chosen interiors are combined with a natural colour scheme, finished with clean contemporary lines. 


With sizes ranging from cozy to super spacious, all rooms feature furniture that’s relaxed and multipurpose, adding various clever touches to make the most of the space. Soft fabrics and tactile materials make all surfaces feel soft and inviting. Earthy and with a splash of freshness, the color palette was inspired by the light grey tones of the beach sand and the gentle greens of the native tamarisk trees that surround the neighborhood.

Food & Drinks

Sample a blend of Mediterranean flavours and modern innovation at Menoa restaurant, which celebrates its Cretan roots while serving artistic and creative dishes. The all-day restaurant Tamarisk offers fresh fish and premium meats, while those looking for a quick and light bite should head to Kafenè. There are also two bars, The Modern which is the lobby bar, and Mare Mare, the pool and beach bar, offering signature cocktails by the sea. 


From relaxing, soul-soothing massages to invigorating beauty therapy sessions, the resort spa is ideal for those in need of some pampering. There is also an ultramodern outdoor gym, for hardcore training, as well as relaxed yoga sessions. There are also two pools- one for children and the other that’s adults only. 

Ideal for…

Anyone looking to spend days lazing on soft sands and topping up their tan, enjoying a memorable day of scuba diving, and getting to know Cretan cuisine across an array of seafront eateries. Also ideal for anyone in search of a relaxing base while they enjoy some adventure by car, foot, or bike. From the stunning vistas of Sarakina gorge to the endless green of Selakano forest and the turquoise waters of islet Chrissi, there’s a little something for everyone. Close by there are also Blue Flag-awarded beaches such as Agia Fotia, Koutsounari, and Ferma.


  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • Ticket service
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk