It is worth visiting the islets of Souda and Leon, just opposite to the beach of Loutraki, at the mouth of the bay. On Souda you may visit the relics of the Venetian fortifications and the tiny church of Aghios Nicolaos. On Leon, you will admire the overgrown landscape.
Some 4 kilometers at the east it is found the Cemetery of the Commonwealth, for the soldiers and officers of the nations of the Commonwealth who lost their lives on the island during the World War II.
Approximately 10 kilometers far from Souda at the Southeast, by the village Megala Chorafia it is found the archaeological site of Aptera. Aptera was an active city-state since the Geometric period (8 th century b.C). Due to its location it controlled exchanges and commercial activities. The ruins are dated in all periods up to the Roman era, as the cisterns of the Roman period, the “two-part” sanctuary of the 5 th-4 th century, the tombs of Geometric times, etc, as well as buildings of the Byzantine period.
At the northern side of the archaeological site you will see an impressive fortress built by the Ottomans to enforce the defensive capacities of the nearby Itzedin.
Some events and happenings take place during the Carnival in February and March.
A series of cultural activities take place in June during the “Nautical week”.
Hotels, studios and rooms to let are available for lodging at the area of Souda, as well as taverns and cafes for food and drink and some bars for amusement.
Access is possible by public bus with very frequent service from early morning to late evening, taxi from Chania, as well as by private and rented car and motorbikes.
Souda is the port of Chania and it is here that arrive the ferryboats from Piraeus.