The village of Loutro
Loutro is a place for people who look for something different.. a village characterized by its immense natural beauty,serenity and the uniqueness “ of no sounds of vehicles”…. no automobile road…*only access is by boat or by foot….
In Loutro: you will find your escape from multitudes, masses, and noise....
You will feel and hear “the sound of silence”…
You will experience the peace of mind, and sense the serenity and tranquility which symbolizes this village…..
You will live the magic… the “secrets” of Loutro..an emotion you cannot put into words. …
You will be in contact with flawless nature…little by little you will sense the peace and the harmony of the place awaking in you an emotion you did not know existed…. *
You will sense the peace and laid-back atmosphere of the place affecting you, making you wonder why it took you so long to find this place…a place you will wish to make your own secret …
Come once and you will be reluctant to leave...
... you will be determined to visit again and again.*
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The seaside village is a bay resembling an amphitheatre, ..it is located at a distance of about 71 km. south of Chania, at the end of Cape Mouri, …today Loutro is a main tourist attraction.
A small picturesque fishing village full of white washed houses with blue shutters. Loutro is madeup of rooms and small pensions for rent, tavernas, cafes, bistros and small markets all with a view of the calm bay and its lighthouse …..it is built on a bay encircled with pebbled beaches and small landing places where fishing boats and the ferries from Sfakia and Agia Roumeli anchor.
It is a village surrounded by beautiful beaches like glyka nera ( sweet water),timios stavros (HolyCross), pervolaki, marmara, (some are naturist beaches),walking paths, and historical sights….
Your promenades will take you through the pebbled beach into the terraces of the tavernas, cafes, the picturesque back paths to the scenic, countryside with its hills, gorges a high mountains.
The weather will never disappoint you, always warm and sunny.
Loutro’s position in history is history itself…
Here you will find evidence that date back to the ancient times of Cretan Zeus and Apollo, to the Romans, the Christians, Apostle Paul, Saint Anthony, the Phoenicians, Venitians and so on…. The town established on the site of modern-day Loutro was once known as Phoenix, a place-name still preserved in the neighboring village of Phoenix.
Loutro (old Phoenix) flourished during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, while it later became the home of Saracen corsairs and slavers. This situation changed when the Venetians arrived in Crete. They drove out the pirates and fortified Loutro with a small fortress whose ruins are still visible today.
The Turkish occupation followed the Venetians. “Koules”, the Turkish fort above the village, was built after the 1866 uprising and was an attempt by the Turks to control the area and the harbour of Loutro… which the Cretans were using as a base in their frequent revolts. Loutro harbour was used during the Dasakaloyannis rebellion and the 1821 uprising against the Turkish was declared in Crete at Loutro.
The Turkish presence in the area had a minimal impact on the inhabitants, who were not easily tamed…in contrast to other areas in Crete and Greece where the more than 300 year occupation meant infiltration of the Turkish way of life. This is evident in the light haired, blue eyed locals who never intermarried with the Turks.
Once known as Katopolis (city below in Greek)… Loutro was the summer option and sole harbour for the inhabitants of Anopolis (city above in Greek ). The enclosed bay and the small island in its entrance create a natural harbor where ships can be safe no matter how dire the weather conditions. "Loutro" (a place to bathe in Greek) derived its present name, from baths which were found in the area)