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Tsoutsouros – a pitoresque village in Crete

Tsoutsouros is a small village in Crete with pitoresque views not so popular with the tourists. Close to this village, there is a Cave dedicated to the goddess of childbirth. Some say that inside the cave is the gate to a parallel universe.

Tourist Information

Getting thereBy CAR or By BUS
Heraklion – Arkalochori – Kato Kastelliana – Tsoutsouros
LocationTsoutsouros, Crete, Greece, Europe


What is Tsoutsouros famous for?

The small village of Tsoutsouros is on the south coast of Crete, 65 km from Heraklion.

Not so popular with tourists, this village will surprise you with picturesque views.

The village of Tsoutsouros was built on the ruins of the ancient city of Inatos. The ruins are not visible and few objects found in the area are displayed in Heraklion Archeological Museum.

What can you visit in Tsoutsouros?

  • Tsoutsouras Beach
  • Iantos Eileithyia Cave (Eileithyia – the goddess of childbirth, the daughter of Zeus and Hera ) – the cave where the goddess was worshiped. The cave is located at the entrance to the village of Tsoutsouros, at the base of the cliff. The most important finds from the cave are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Anthropomorphic vases that may be of Greek origin have been found in the cave. This vase resembles the Egyptian vases depicting Isis nursing her son, Horus. The cave was discovered by Christoforos Anerrapsis. The cave is mentioned in the Cretan narrative of Odysseus to Penelope in the Odyssey. Some say the cave is a gateway to a parallel universe.

Where can you eat good food in Tsoutsouros?

  • Meat & Fish Grill House “Grillos” – Good prices, good quality, good atmosphere
  • Zorbas – a beach taverna, with amazing seafood, and fish dishes, good pricing
  • Sarakina Rooms – fish and local dishes

Where can you stay in Tsoutsouros?

  • Elouthia Residence with Sea View

About the author


I am Catalina, and my passion for travel, mysteries, legends and archaeology drives me to explore the world and uncover its hidden wonders.