Sitia is a lively town with approximately 11.000 inhabitants. The district is famous for its considerable olive oil production and for the excellent quality of its olive oil and wines. There are numerous local festivals in traditional Cretan style held in villages throughout the summer, which are well worth attending, as well as cultural events in the town. Sitia is a town that accepts the past and is longing for the modern. There you can sense the hidden magic and peacefulness mixed with life and vividness. Those who choose to visit Sitia should not miss doing some things.
- Do not forget to visit the many exhibits of the Folklore Museum
- The Archaeological Museum of Sitia one of the most important provincial museums in Greece . There are exhibits of the whole Sitia area from a time of 4000 years, from the Neolithic Era (3500 B.C.) to the Byzantine period (500 A.D.). These exhibits of great value i.e. the unique statuette of the Minoan time made of gold and ivory found in Palekastro and many others.
- Do not forget to admire the view over Sitia Bay from the Venetian castle of Kazarma especially in the summer nights. There is also a specially fit out place for artistic events as part of "Kornarion", the festival - tribute to the great poet of the masterpiece "Erotokritos", Vintsenzos Kornaros, who comes from the Sitia area. He refers to this area at the end of his poem where he describes his place of origin.
- Go shopping and purchase souvenirs and artifacts.
- Taste the fresh fruit at the open market, all products of the Sitian land. - Enjoy the delicious local pastry as the well known "kaltsounia" and "xerotigana" - Feel the sea breeze while enjoying the meal at the picturesque taverns at the port.
- Discover the traditional food in a restaurant either on the terrace of an old estate or in a neighbourhood of the town.
- Discover your own Sitia, choose your own routes and follow the roads that will excite you. Get to know the simplicity and kindness of the people in the town at the south-eastern end of Europe. The whole district abounds in archaeological and historical interest from the Minoan period onwards. Within easy reach of Sitia, there are many places to be visited, such as the Toplou Monastery, the fourth in size Minoan Palace of Kato Zakros, and other important archaeological sites at Palekastro, Itanos, Pressos and many more. There are two fine museums in Sitia, archaeological and folklore, with many fascinating exhibits. For the walker, the hills are covered with aromatic plants and hundreds of beautiful flowers, especially in the springtime.
East Crete is ideal for those who enjoy walking, be it a short walk or a good hike! There are some routes in and around Sitia and, in the Palekastro area, 5 routes of varying lengths and difficulty have been specifically mapped out. One of the walks' is through the gorge of Kato Zakros, at the end of which, there is a section marked out for rock climbing. Walking along sections of the E4 European mountaineering path (which runs along the whole of Crete), you will discover some of the most beautiful, wild terrain and meet equally memorable people. Flower lovers will be amazed by the beautiful wild flowers and herbs which cover the countryside during April and May. Divers will also find the area to be of great interest.
One of the main villages in the region of Sitia with about 250 inhabitants. It is 9 kms from Sitia after turning right at the crossroads in Piskokefalo.
This village is 7 kms east of Sitia on the way to Vai and takes its name from the church of Agia Fotini.
A very green fertile village which used to be called Tourtouli. It is 14 kms from Sitia on the way to Ierapetra and is of archaeological interest as cemeteries from the Minoan and Geometric periods.
A settlement of about 50 people which has recently been brought into the Council of Sitia. The village has a long history.
A very beautiful village which has recently been brought into the Council of Sitia. It is situated at a height of 210m, east of Piskokefalo.
A pretty village with abundant water 2 kms from Kria on the way to Stavrohori. It is about 28 kms from Sitia.
The beautiful village of Hamezi is 11 kms from Sitia.
This settlement has a population of 25 and is situated at a height of 360 m.
This small picturesque village has a population of about 80. It is 4 kms from Sitia to the east of Piskokefalo on the Ierapetra road.
Katsidoni is a beautiful little mountain village at a height of 560m, 15 kms from Sitia on the Piskokefalo - Stavromenos - Sandali - Katsidoni road.
This settlement used to belong to the community of Achladia. It is a short distance from Sitia on the way to Agios Nikolaos just before Skopi.
A picturesque village with an ancient name. It is situated 35 kms west of Sitia.
A little village built on the lush banks of the river Panteli.
This village has a wonderful view over the Bay of Mirabello and is 25 kms from Sitia on the north coastal road.
It is at a height of 270m and is close to the village of Agios Georgios.
Paraspori is situated 12 kms from Sitia on the road from Piskokefalo - Achladia at a height of 350m.
One of the largest and wealthiest villages in the region, 3 kms from Sitia on the road to Ierapetra.
Extremely ancient settlement 17 kms from Sitia. The old city was spread over three hills and was the capital of the country of Presos which covered a large part of the region.
It is situated to the east of Sitia at a height of 340m and has a panoramic sea view.
This historic village flowered during the Venetian occupation but is almost deserted today. It is 10 kms fom Sitia on the road Piskokefalo - Tsandali - Dris.
Situated at a height of 350 m on the north coast road to Agios Nikolaos.
A small village at 620 m above sea level, 8 kms from Sitia, whose name probably has some connection with ancient Itanos.
A town that accepts the past and is longing for the modern where you can sense the hidden magic and peacefulness mixed with life and vividness.
Skopi is one of the biggest villages in the region and produces large quantities of olive oil. At the coastal hamlet of Platani you can visit the monastery of Panagia Fanaromeni which dates from the 15th century.
Situated at a height of 320 m and used to belong to the community of Tourloti. This old settlement is first referred to in Venetian documents.
Situated 8 kms from Sitia at a height of 110m.
The village of Tourloti is built on a small hill with a panoramic view 28 kms along the north coast road to Agios Nikolaos.
A traditional village with a delightful square. It is 18 kms from Sitia on the way to Agios Nikolaos.
A small lush settlement 7 kms from Sitia.
The two villages of Apano Kria and Kato Kria are 700m apart and to be found 24 - 25 kms from Sitia on the Piskokefalo - Paraspori - Kria road.
A fertile green village 19 kms from Sitia well-known for its hospitality and for its wine, first recorded in ancient times, which is made from a special kind of grape.
Picturesque fishing village on the north coast. The area was inhabited from the pre Minoan period up until the post Minoan.