We were looking for a pleasant seaside village to spell us from driving for a few days and one that doubled as a good launch pad for hiking the Samaria Gorge.  Sougia fit the bill!

 

On arrival, after lunch, of course, our first venture was to hike over the hill and visit the ancient Greek ruin of Lissos.

Lissos existed for 1000 years or more before being abandoned in late antiquity. It even had its own mint. Today, there is not much of structural antiquity left to see apart from a Roman mosaic floor. The famous ancient spring still provides refreshing liquid for parched throats. Building stones dot the landscape and pottery shards litter the ground.

Unfortunately we had just a little time to explore before dark and our pre-arranged boat arrived to take us back to town!  I would enjoy a chance to visit again.