Town in Crete

Rich in activities and day trip options, this town is built amphitheatrically on a hill. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind Mediterranean and African landscape.

Attractions & Things to Do in Sitia

Promenade of Sitia

A walk across the port of Sitia offers the chance to enjoy a coffee at a traditional café or taste the local cuisine in one of the tavernas.

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Marina of Sitia

Quite large but not so contemporary wind-protected marina that hosts fishing and leisure boats as well as tourist sailing vessels.

↓ S
< 1km

Folk Historical Museum of Sitia

Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building since 1974, is created by the Cultural Association Vitsentzos Kornaros and hosts numerous items.

← W
< 1km

Kazarma Fortress

Venetian castle erected during the 13th century, with its name deriving from «Casa di Arma». Later it was also rebuilt and used by the Turks.

↑ N
< 1km

Kornaria Summer Festival

Dedicated to the local medieval poet Vitsentzos Kornaros, it takes place annually since 1984 and lasts from June to September.

Archaeological Museum of Sitia

It opened its doors in 1984 and includes an exhibition with findings that cover a period of approximately 4000 years, from 3500 BC to 500 AD.

↓ S
< 1km

Port of Sitia

Its long dock protects it from the north winds, while it is the mooring spot for ferries that arrive from Piraeus & other islands.

↗ NE
< 1km

Sitia Public Airport

«Vitsentzos Kornaros»

Small but well-functioning with the name of the famous Cretan poet, it has domestic connections & hosts some seasonal international flights.

↖ NW
≈ 1.8km

Archeological Site of Minoan Petra

Coastal Minoan settlement with evidence of habitation that dates from 3500 BC, while similar to other Minoan centers was destroyed in 1450.

↘ SE
≈ 2km

Toplou Monastery, Lasithi

Founded in the 14th century in a wild and deserted landscape stands for the impressive 33m. belfry and the 10m. high fortification wall.

→ E
≈ 14km
A pond created by the waters of Richtis in the homonymous gorge.
photo: KODR / CC BY 3.0

Richtis Gorge & Waterfall

After a pleasant hiking trail of 3 km that can last according to the pace from 3 to 4 hours, the visitor reaches the impressive 20m waterfall.

← W
≈ 15.8km

Vai Beach & Palm Grove

One of the most famous beaches of east Crete is located in a region where a totally non-European natural landscape is composed.

→ E
≈ 21.4km

Zakros Gorge (Gorge of the Dead)

Beautiful and accessible trail, part of the European E4 path, where the ancient Minoans used the gorge caves to bury their dead.

↘ SE
≈ 24.8km
A photo of the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Zakros on Crete.
photo: Vladimír Držík

Minoan Palace of Zakros

One of the four founded Minoan Palaces on Crete, administrative and religious center as well as an important port of the east island coast.

↘ SE
≈ 26.2km

Perivolakia (or Kapsa) Gorge

4,5 km canyon ideal for a quite demanding hiking of 1,5 hours that connects Perivolakia village with the coast close to Kapsa Monastery.

↓ S
≈ 29.8km

Kapsa Monastery

Dedicated to St John the Baptist, it was founded in the 15th century on a steep rocky slope of the southeast coast with a view to Lybian Sea.

↓ S
≈ 30.1km

Questions & Answers about Sitia

Why Visit Sitia?
  • Close to the exotic palm-grove beach named Vai.
  • Regardless of tourist development, the town maintains its genuine character.
  • Home of Vitsentzos Kornaros who wrote the medieval romantic poem Erotokritos.