E4 Path Sougia to Agia Roumeli - April 2019Share and discuss the many routes and paths in the mountains, along the coast, and on the plains of Sfakia. Post your walk description, add photos, and discuss safety. Use information at your own risk.
Me and my wife walked from Sougia to Agia Roumeli on the 3rd April 2019 in perfect conditions - 18 degrees and sunny with light winds. The path seemed in good repair with no landslides and the exposed section after the Agia Irini Gorge was relatively OK. (I got stuck here a few years ago having to return to Sougia and the section of path that had fallen away was much wider, presumably after repairs - see attached picture)
The walk took 10 hours and the spring just below Profitas Ilias (before you descend into the Agia Irini Gorge) was flowing but I guess not to be relied upon for much longer as things heat up.
It was a truly beautiful walk but hard going and we only rested a few times during the day. If you are unsure then a water taxi to Agia Irini Gorge is sensible.
If descending to Agia Roumeli at the end of the day it is hard going on the knees and I would recommend walking poles for the entire trek.
We stayed at The Calypso in Roumeli which was excellent, lovely owners and food.
The path from Paleochora to Sougia is also fine, no problems and then we walked from Roumeli to Anapolis via Sellouda, again the path is in good repair. We stayed at the excellent Platonas Tavern in Anapolis, fantastic refurbished rooms and restaurant and beautiful food. At the moment there is a 6.30 am bus from here back to Chania.
Please feel free to ask any questions. I guess we were lucky with the weather during our five days on Crete.
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This was the narrowest part of the path.... much better than a few years ago and no problems with care... there is some exposure however
it is good to hear that the paths are in good condition and that you could pass. The EOS has invested a lot of time in repairing them. The gorge after Profitis Ilias you are referring to is not the Agia Irini but the Tripiti gorge. The Agia Roumeli community has - by the way - repaired the E4 path above the beach just two or three days ago.
I have walked all of the coast path from Palechora to Sfakia apart from the section between the beach by the exit of the Tripiti gorge & the top of the long climb out of the Klados gorge (about 2 hours west of Agia Roumeli) . Whereabouts are the exposed bits on this section & how exposed are they (is it) compared to say the bit above the beach at the western end of Agia Roumeli or the climb on the western side of the Aradena gorge (above the ladder) ?????? Dave
I guess it’s all down to how you like exposure and height. I am not particularly fond of either but found with care that this section was OK with care and a lighter pack certainly helps. It doesn’t take any particular skill or scrambling. When you get to the beach after Tripiti there is some boulder hopping on the coast then past the bra keepers buildings and then after twenty more minutes there is a section of about 1km with some exposed bits. It took me 15 years to do it and like anything once I had completed it it seemed really OK. For example when I used to look at the path above Roumeli from the boat I was terrified but when you are on the path it was ok. I would highly recommend doing the walk, it’s a cracker.