We did this walk in late September when it was a little cooler. The air temp was still +28C though so we took plenty of water. I won't describe the route as the details are well documented. I recommend www.sougia.info where there is a very accurate description of the walk and route to be followed.
My advice to any traveller finding themselves in amazing Sougia, is that they should make the effort and do this walk. The distance to Lissos is around 3.5km. The way is very clearly marked and it would be very difficult to get lost. The terrain is pretty easy through the gorge and up the ascent to the plateau that divides the
Sougia and Lissos bays. The descent down into the beautiful Lissos bay is a little more tricky but still very doable by most people I would have thought. Once down into the ancient ruins any tiredness soon lifts as this is a serene and beautiful place that will lift your spirits.
I have seen some posts suggesting that the beach is sometimes polluted with tar washed in from unscrupulous tankers that ply up and down the Med and I have no reason to doubt them. One the day we went, the beach was spotless ( like most Crete beaches) and I was able to enjoy a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters.
Having stayed for a few hours and had a small snack of fruit, we headed back the way we came having first topped up our water from the fresh spring that you will see as you enter the valley from the descent. The return trip is actually easier in our view as it's less wearing on the knees ( at least ours!) going up rather than down. It was very hot but we were back on the plateau in no time at all.
It is possible to arrange for a taxi boat to pick you up from the bay and take you back to Sougia but this would seem to be an expensive way of doing the round trip unless you want to see the coast from the boat that is.
Having walked the Imbros Gorge a few days earlier I have to say that this walk and the beauty of the trial is much more rewarding.
The obvious advice goes with this post. Take lots of water, a hat as it can get very warm and make sure you have good trainers or hiking boots.
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