Finikas (or Phoenix) is a pin on the map in the province of Sfakia, Crete. Located in a small bay about 700 meters west of Loutro, the tiny coastal village is named after the ancient town of Phoenix, ruins of which can still be found near Loutro. It has a small pebbled beach, organized with plenty of sunbeds and a shower, and a small port from where you can take boat trips to Marmara beach. The backdrop is bleak Cretan Mountain scenery littered with small white churches. Nothing much happens here apart from the occasional departure of a water taxi and that’s the way most people like it. Right on the beach, there is a tavern with local food and several rooms to rent, almost all with nice views of the bay.
The village is crossed by the European E4 hiking trail which connects Marmara beach with Loutro. Finikas is a great place if you want to relax and explore the surrounding area. It offers tranquility, many hiking options and access to some of the most picturesque villages and stunning beaches of southern Crete. The more adventurous can spend a couple of hours in the early morning walking up the hill to Liviniana and then down the Aradena Gorge, the rest can just wander to Loutro for breakfast or a nice meal. The village can be accessed either through a dirt track from the village of Livaniana or by boat or on foot from Loutro, yet driving from Livaniana is not recommended. So, if you're looking for simple relaxation - sunbathing, reading, walking and swimming this is a great place.