You can opt for the shorter coastal route from Chora Sfakion to Loutro or take the longer route via the Ilingas gorge. The longer route leads you through the authentic village of Anopolis. Here you meet locals in the kafeneion and you may try one of those excellent Sfakiana pitta yourself: a sort of pancake with cream cheese and honey. This will give you energy for the rest of the walk. You will descend along a terrific path to the village of Loutro, hidden in a tiny, perfectly round, bay. Loutro is only accessible by ferry or walking and there are no cars. You take the afternoon ferry back to Chora Sfakion or you can walk back. Even if you don’t want to walk at all, it is a great day out to take a boat to Loutro, and after a relaxing day, travel back to Chora Sfakion.
Challenge: 6.6 km / 4 mi, ,3 hrs, 180 m ascent, 240 m descent
(Longer walk) 10 km / 6 mi, 4.5 hrs, 600 m ascent, 670 m descent