Sitia

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Town in Crete

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in or near Sitia

The pedestrian coastal route of Sitia on Crete.
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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.

A photo showing the marina of Sitia.
↓ S   < 1km

Marina of Sitia

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

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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.

A picture of the Kazarma Fortress in Sitia.
↑ N   < 1km

Kazarma Fortress, Sitia

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.

A band and dancers with traditional clothes are dancing during a performance of Kornaria Summer Festival of Sitia.
↑ N   < 1km

Kornaria Summer Festival, Sitia

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

Marble head of the Emperor Hadrian, an exhibit of the Archaeological Museum of Sitia.
↓ S   < 1km

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.

A photo of Sitia Port taken from the dock.
photo: ΥΝΑΝΠ
↗ NE   < 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.

The main building and the entrance of Sitia Public Airport.
photo: YPA
↖ NW   ≈ 1.8km

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.

A picture of the remains of the Archeological Site of Minoan Petra in Sitia, Crete.
↘ SE   ≈ 2km

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.

The inner yard of the Toplou Monastery in Lasithi.
→ E   ≈ 14km

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.

A pond created by the waters of Richtis in the homonymous gorge.
photo: KODR / CC BY 3.0
← W   ≈ 15.8km

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.

An overview of the Vai Beach and Palm forest on the island of Crete.
→ E   ≈ 21.4km

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.

The entrance of the Zakros Gorge with a wooden sign writing "Dead's Gorge Entrance".
↘ SE   ≈ 24.8km

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.

A photo of the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Zakros on Crete.
photo: Vladimír Držík
↘ SE   ≈ 26.2km

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.

Picture taken at the area of Kapsa Monastery that depicts the Perivolakia gorge.
↓ S   ≈ 29.8km

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.

A part of the facilities of the Kapsa monastery with the great view of the Libyan Sea in the background.
↓ S   ≈ 30.1km

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.

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.