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Sitia, my hometown.

"Crete 's mystery is extremely deep. Whoever sets foot on this island senses a mysterious force branching warmly and beneficently through his veins, senses his soul begin to grow"

Nikos Kazantzakis

A small point of history
The name Sitia is derived from the ancient city of Itia, birthplace of one of the seven wise-men of the antiquity, Mison. In the site that the town is built today only few archaeological findings have been excavated. Middle-Minoan and Late-Minoan tombs, Geometrical and Hellenic statues and shells, Roman buildings and an Early-Christian Basilica.
Sitia existed during the Late-Minoan period and until the Venetian period. During the Venetian occupation the town of Sitia was destroyed three times. In 1508 by a terrible earthquake, in 1538 by the pirate Barbarosa and in 1651 by the Venetians so as not to fall in the hands of the Turks.
For two centuries Sitia ceased to exist as a town, until 1869. The present city was built in 1870. Since then, Sitia is developing to one of the most important urban areas in Crete.

a few words for Sitia

Sitia is a port town in the far east of Crete. With 10.000inhabitants, it is the smallest town in the prefecture of Lasithi. It lies to the east of Agios Nikolaos and to the northeast of Ierapetra.
The town is one of the economic centers of the Lasithi region. European route E75, starts in Sitia.

The modern Sitia

Sitia is a pleasant place to live. with an airport and a port you never feel like a prisoner in the end of the island. Sitia's local economy is the olive oil. All habitants are also involved with the cultivation of the olive trees. Sitia is surrounded by amazing beaches. In front of the town is one 2km long beach and in spread of 30 kilometers there are more than 20 amazing beaches with crystal waters, never crowded was nobody knows them except the locals. Sitia is not so "touched" from tourism, is never crowded, and in restaurants and bars still working greeks.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A place to discover
  • In a nutshell:If you still trying to find a quiet place in Crete, here it is. Sitia.
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Comments (32)

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Kalispera, Natassa. I have just revisited your Kriti pages and they brought back some wonderful memories. Thanks for that. fergy.

  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Hi Natassa, It was your descriptions of Siteia that made me choose it for our family holiday this year. Thank you so much. We had a wonderful time. Mike

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2009 at 4:46 AM

    Thanks for the tip on the winery Economou at Ziros, we will be sure to visit it when we arrive in October. Martin

  • mavl's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    wow, you're vacation plans sound like fun, i'm sure you will all have a great time. been wanting to go back to greece ever since i left! hopefully i will someday soon! no plans for me at the moment. nice to hear from you!

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Great tips and pics, i will visit Sitia when i am on Crete.

  • Jan 10, 2008 at 5:38 AM

    Nice page Natassa, i love your city Sitia! Nikos

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Hello Natassa! I have some very fond memories of Crete, but obviously I misse Sitia, as I cannot recall it. Anyway, I Criti is wonderful. Thanks for bringing me back a little. Greetings, Paul

  • Yiannis2000's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:38 AM

    Great pages and photos, very informative tips!!! Thanks for sharing...

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2007 at 12:58 AM

    Kalimera Natassa. I camped at Vai in 1970 - there was only one bus a week in those days! Istill remember how beautiful it was. leyle

  • Spincat's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2006 at 10:24 PM

    Your Crete pages get better and better. I often listen to the beautiful music you sent me and I think of Crete. How are your friends in Lebanon?

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