The European path E4, as it descends to the South, passes from the Peloponnese in Kissamos in the district of Chania and, then, it forms two routes, a coastal and a mountain one. The first part of the path is the section that starts from Kasteli in Kissamos, where the ferry from the Peloponnese anchors, and ends in the Monastery of...
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Once the trail reaches the southwest edge of the island, it continues along the southern coastline of the island. It is a magnificent route that passes through amazing beaches, several of which are accessed only via a footpath or from the sea. The route can be divided into smaller parts. From Chrysoskalitissa, it passes through the wonderful...
In Sougia, E4 branches into a mountain and a coastal path, which leads in Agia Roumeli. The route Sougia-Agia Roumeli is particularly demanding and, although the trail is marked, you have to pay attention in some places in order not to miss it. Along the route, you will come across the Ancient Pikilassos, Domata beach, several sheep-pens, a...
In Sougia, E4 branches into a seaside and a mountain route, which, after crossing Agia Irini Gorge, ends in Omalos Plateau. It is a demanding route, particularly during the crossing of the gorge. (Total length: 15km, a demanding path, 8 hours approximately)
In Omalos Plateau, there are several options for mountaineering. One of these is the ascent to the shelter of Kallergis, a pleasant and of moderate difficulty route, which lasts about 2 hours. Located in a beautiful site, the shelter is open to the public during summer and there is a rural road that leads there. The more experienced climbers...
On its way, E4 continues after Agia Roumeli to Loutro. This route has no difficulty and ends in the beautiful small port of Loutro after about 4.5 hours.
Following the E4 to the east, the route, after passing through the Glyka Nera beach, will end in Chora Sfakion and then in Fragkokastelo. It has no difficulty level and the duration is about 6.5 hours in order to cover the 19.5km route from Loutro– Fragkokastelo.
The largest part of the route is the crossing of Imbros Gorge. It has no difficulty and after 19km and about 6.5 hours of hiking you will reach Fragkokastelo beach.
Route: 16,81 km
Technical difficulty: Moderate
Route: 11,23 km
Author: robert outram