/We've spent long winter months thinking about Loutro, the small hamlet to the west of Hora Sfakia that is accessible only by boat or a steep switchback trail down a mountain side. We opted to return by ferry this year. At 8.60E for the two of us, the price can't be beat as the 20 minute ride is over seas as smooth as glass.
Loutro is so small that it makes Hora Sfakia, at not quite 400 year round residents, the big city. It is often bypassed though by the folks who arrive on large passenger buses and board the ferry heading further west to Crete's famed Samaria Gorge.
We headed straight for Maria's gift shop as we stayed in her place last year (and yes, she also remembered us). This year we lucked out and had one of the rooms with a larger balcony (our balcony is pictured above). We greeted each morning here with dove songs and goat bells provided the background music for this perfect setting. The price was 30E, or about $43 per night.
And for those wondering: yes, the water is really this blue.