4. Cretan South Coast: Private Adventure Tour
Get out of town and venture off the beaten path to the southern coast of Crete. You’ll meet your guide and begin your Chania tour by taking a private vehicle towards a local village, away from the usual tourist areas.
Upon reaching the small sleepy village by sea, you will start your adventure with a light organic breakfast with local products. Then, you will kick off your walk to the ancient city of Lissos.
After an easy trail in the shaded palm trees, you can walk up a hill that boasts amazing views of the gorge beneath and the sea in the distance. Where the rocks meet the sea, you will find the ruins of the ancient Asclepieion (a healing temple dedicated to god Asclepius) built in the 3rd century B.C. This walk is fairly easy and along a trail. It will take about 90 minutes (including stops), with elevations of 250m upwards and almost 400m down.
Once you reach the historic city of Lissos, you will have an hour to walk amongst the ruins and drink from the gushing healing spring water at the foundation of the Asclepieion - the reason Lissos was so famous in the ancient world.
Then, we will embark on a fishing boat from the small peddled beach to continue your exploration of the south coast. In half an hour you will arrive at a sandy beach with fine pebbles. You have two hours to dive into the crystal clear waters or relax under the sun with some fresh fruit.
Next stop is a quaint remote village where you’ll enjoy a 3-course farm-to-table local menu with local wine. In the evening, before you depart for Chania, you can independently explore the promenade, as well as the streets in the coastal town of Paleochora.
By the end of the day, you will have explored a unique and unspoiled region in Crete away from the usual tourist spots.