How To Get There
Agia Roumeli is a small, secluded village located 56km south of Chania, on a wide, half-moon bay at the exit of the Samaria Gorge.
- By Air
From April through October there are direct charter flights to Chania (25 km from the hotel) or to Heraklion airport (143 km). Tickets can be bought in advance for almost all flights via our partner website.
The only way to reach the village is either through the Samaria Gorge or by ferry from Chora Sfakia, Loutro, Paleochora, and Sougia.
The more adventurous (and lucky) visitors could walk the path from Sfakia to St. Roumeli (7 hours). The picturesque village of Agia Roumeli provides all basic amenities, such as taverns with traditional food, rooms for accommodation, cafes, mini market, internet access, and telephone.
The company ANENDYK runs a regular boat and ferryboat service on the South coast of Crete connecting the villages of Hora Sfakion, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, Sougia, and Paleohora.
The timetable is limited in the winter months but becomes a daily service at the beginning of April. Once Samaria Gorge opens to the public (generally at the beginning of May) the line Hora Sfakion – Loutro – Agia Roumeli and back runs about 2 -3 times a day. The route Paleohora – Sougia – Agia Roumeli is available once a day; starting from Paleohora in the morning and returning from Agia Roumeli in the afternoon.
The exact times, as well as current ticket prices, can be checked either on the company's website or by phoning the company in Hora Sfakion at +30-2825091101 or on our own website.
The traveling time between Agia Roumeli and Hora Sfakion is about one hour and slightly longer between Paleohora and Agia Roumeli. The journey offers superb views of the wild Lefka Ori mountains and the coast.
Please note that the service may be delayed or canceled if there are adverse weather conditions.
If you want to bring your car to the village, it is possible to take it by ferryboat from Hora Sfakion and Paleochora. However, you will not need a car in Agia Roumeli, so there is no need to rent a car just to get to the ferry departure point.
Why not simply take the bus from the North coast to Hora Sfakion? The buses are reliable and safe. You will find the timetable information for the district of Chania here.
You can also get to Paleochora or Sougia by car, bus, or taxi, but bear in mind that there is only one boat a day - early morning - going to Agia Roumeli.
As we have mentioned, maybe the best way to access Agia Roumeli is on foot.
Because of the historical significance of Agia Roumeli, the village is accessible by numerous footpaths and trails. The best known is through Samaria Gorge and is easy enough if you are properly prepared for the 16 km hike.
Another route is via the ancient path which links the plateau of Anopolis to Agia Roumeli. You can reach Agia Roumeli in about three hours from the hamlet of Agios Ioannis. This is, without doubt, the most beautiful coastal walk in the whole of Crete.
Another easy path is the coastal path from Hora Sfakion, via Loutro and Agios Pavlos - this delightful walk takes about seven hours.
There are other ways to reach Agia Roumeli on foot as well. From Sougia, across the mountains from Omalos via Katsaromoura. However, these are best left to very experienced and fit hikers. It can be extremely difficult to navigate these areas, so we recommend that all hikers are accompanied by a local guide.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through CreteTravel.com
- Dining: The Kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, cooking hobs, kettle, frying pan, dishes, glasses, and cutlery in order to prepare your own meals
- Internet Access: WiFi access
- Swimming Pool: Not available
- Spa Treatments: Not available
- Disabled Access: Not suitable
- Pets: Not allowed
- Languages Spoken: Greek, English, French, Italian, Swedish
- Parking: Off-site parking is provided