Agia Roumeli, South Crete
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The Perfect Post-Samaria Gorge Destination

Agia Roumeli is a small village located at the exit of the Samaria Gorge, on the southern coast of Crete. It is a popular destination for hikers, who come to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches after their long trek through the gorge.

If you are staying at the Folia Hotel in Chania, Agia Roumeli is a great day trip option. You can either walk the Samaria Gorge, or take a boat from Chora Sfakia, Loutro, Paleochora, or Sougia.

Once you arrive in Agia Roumeli, you will be amazed by the stunning scenery. The village is surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation, and the beaches are some of the most beautiful in Crete.

There are a few restaurants in Agia Roumeli, but one of the most popular is Gigilos. This family-owned restaurant serves traditional Cretan cuisine, and the views from the terrace are unbeatable.

After a long day of hiking or exploring, Gigilos is the perfect place to refuel.

If you are looking for a delicious and authentic Cretan meal, Gigilos is the place to go. The service is friendly and the prices are reasonable.

Photos from Cafe Restaurant Gigilos

How to Get to Agia Roumeli

There are two ways to get to Agia Roumeli:

Walk the Samaria Gorge: This is the most popular way to get to Agia Roumeli. The Samaria Gorge is one of the longest and deepest gorges in Europe, and it is a challenging but rewarding hike. The hike takes about 6-8 hours, and it is important to be in good physical condition.
Take a boat: If you are not up for the hike, you can take a boat from Chora Sfakia, Loutro, Paleochora, or Sougia. The boat ride takes about 1-2 hours, and it is a great way to see the coast of Crete.

If you are staying at Folia Hotel Apartments which is located in Agia Marina, and would like to visit Sfakia, it is actually quite simple. Of course, it is necessary to have a car for your trip, but a daily bus route is also available. Ask our reception for more details, and also visit our website at for more suggested trips.

I hope you enjoy your visit to Agia Roumeli!