Orientation & Geography

Europe, Greece, Chania Prefecture

Sougia (Greek Σούγια) is a village in Chania Prefecture on the island of Crete, Greece. It is located on the south coast of the island, 70 km south of Chania. It has 109 residents (2001 census source) and it's within the municipality of East Selino (Anatoliko Selino). Sougia is reached from Chania by car in 2 hours or by ferry boats from Paleochora, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Hora Sfakion. Although it is not one of the larger towns of the province of Selino, Sougia is interesting to the tourist, providing a lovely beach, impressive mountains and interesting remains of an ancient city and old Byzantine churches. Sougia has some tourist services, such as small hotels, rooms to rent and a few taverns, cafes and bars. Sougia was the ancient city of Syia, a harbour of Elyros. In village's church, an important basilica of the Byzantine era, was found a beautiful mosaic, now exposed in Chania's Archeological Museum.