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Loukia is approximately 220 miles south of Athens, the nation's capital.
Not much else soothes the soul like a lazy day by the ocean. Organize a picnic, grab a bottle of wine and absorb the stunning setting of Pachia Ammos Beach, 45 miles east from Loukia. An additional place is Istro Beach, 45 miles to the east.
Heraklion boasts some splendid natural areas. Two highly recommended attractions nearby to Loukia are Rouvas Gorge (13 miles away) and Sfendoni Cave (25 miles away).
Experience the exhilaration of a game at Pankritio Stadium. It's in Heraklion, 25 miles to the north of Loukia. Don't forget to have a beer or two at one of the nearby pubs after the game.
Visit Ambelouzos, 7 miles out of Loukia. It's home to Gortys and Lake Votomos. Vourvoulitis, yet another worthwhile place, boasts Moni Vrondisi and Moni Agios Nikolaos. This destination is 7 miles away.
Alithini is 8 miles to the west of Loukia. This regional center is known for Phaistos, Red Sand Beach and Central Court. Propylon and Palace of Phaistos are some more popular places if you've got time to burn.
Don't miss the opportunity to treat your taste buds to a tour of this region's favorite food and drinks.
There's nothing like locally sourced ingredients. You'll find that chicken and pork are well utilized here.
Follow the lead of the locals and feast on pilafi kritis (chicken pilaf) and moussaka (minced meat and aubergine casserole).
Satisfy your sweet tooth with some loukoumades (deep fried pastry with honey), a scrumptious dessert.
If beer is what you're after, make your way to a local watering hole and ask the barman to pull you the region's best. If they know what they're doing, you'll be presented with a Neda.
Frappé (iced coffee) is a beloved non-alcoholic drink that one can enjoy no matter the time.
Kick back and enjoy a drop of local wine. After all, it's happy hour somewhere! Perhaps Savatiano Retsina or Nemea Agiorgitiko will be to your liking.
It's a sad fact of life, but every vacation eventually come to an end. As the curtains fall on your Loukia getaway, say "Ta léme argótera", spend the last of your euros, and reminisce over all the wonderful adventures you've had.
When it's time for your flight back to reality, head toward the nearest airport. You'll find it 25 miles to the north.
Finding the best hotel is an important ingredient of any vacation. Short and long stay options in Loukia itself can be sparse, so check out Expedia's up-to-date Loukia lodging guide right now for the latest information and deals.
Situated in Faistos, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Beach of Matala and Caves of Matala. Komos Beach is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from Palace of Phaistos and within 12 mi (20 km) of Komos Beach and Beach of Matala. Caves of Matala is 10.9 mi (17.5 km) away.
Situated in Faistos, this aparthotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Rouvas Gorge and 9.3 mi (15 km) from Gortys. Palace of Phaistos and Komos Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).
This family-friendly Faistos hotel is located near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of Beach of Matala and Caves of Matala. Komos Beach is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Beach of Matala and Caves of Matala. Komos Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Rouvas Gorge and 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from Gortys. Palace of Phaistos and Komos Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Gortyna, this aparthotel is 12.1 mi (19.5 km) from Gortys and within 25 mi (40 km) of Koudoumas Monastery and Rouvas Gorge. Palace of Phaistos and Komos Beach are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Palace of Phaistos, Komos Beach, and Beach of Matala. Caves of Matala and Gortys are also within 20 mi (32 km).