Sitia Town, East Crete. Sitia, 18 km from Palekastro and 60 from Ierapetra, with a population of 9500 people, is the easternmost city on Crete and perhaps the least developed.
Even during the busy summer peak, Sitia retains a certain charm and laid-back style.
It has been inhabited since the Minoan period. At Petra, to the east of the town, a section of ancient settlement has been excavated. There is a waterfront with restaurants and cafes, a large public beach, and an archaeological museum which holds many of the findings from Palekastro.
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Sitia is the seat of administrative and public services for the county and has road and sea connections with various places in the island and with Pireaus and other Aegean islands. There is also a small airport with connection to Athens, Kassos, Karpathos, Rhodes. 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.
Places near Sitia
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Sitia Airport (IATA: JSH, ICAO: LGST) is a small community airport in the region Mponta of Sitia Municipality, on the eastern part of Crete in Greece. The facility is serving the city of Sitia. The airport is located 1 km north/northwest of the city center.
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CORINA one-star hotel bungalows and Corina flats complex:
Are situated in the dorp of Petras (1.2 kilometres from the picturesque town of Sitia in the prefecture of Lassithi-Crete), very close to the remnants of the former Minoan settlement Petras, which is said to have been the summer resort for the ancient king and his court.
Even though the church dedicated to Saint Catherine appears to be relatively new—since it was rebuilt in the early 19th century—we can confidently identify its location as the site of the earlier Santa Caterina church of the Augustinians.
Its first belfry, on its south-western side, was constructed in 1938. The Bema was expanded with two auxiliary spaces in the early 1950s, and the dilapidated belfry was replaced in 1953-54.
It is very long ( about 1000 m ) and it only gets crowded near the harbor. There are some flat areas near the east end of the beach where campers can park.
“Da Giorgio” embarks on journeys of savour. Standing at the edge of the harbor of Sitia overlooking the deep blue and exhilarating the visitor with the smells of the kitchen, invites you on a flavourful trip ... just like the old times ....
This is a restaurant that combines luxury and modern amenities with friendly atmosphere; an ambience where the Cretan tradition is our first priority.
You will be highly rewarded with the authentic Cretan cuisine cooked with passion and special care.
It is located just a few meters from the sea and the famous Sitia beach. The interior is lined with stone and traditional décor. With attentive personal work, our restaurant is configured to create a unique climate in which you can enjoy with your friends any meal.Our cuisine is relies on the Cretan Diet which is recognized and famous around the world. Our dietary philosophy dictates that we use only pure, local ingredients in our dishes and cook them with due respect for tradition and hygiene. Special emphasis is given on the experience of taste and the variety of healthy dishes. With this in mind we have organized menus for lunch (noon) and dinner (evening). The dishes served differ from day to day and are so tasty that can satisfy even the most demanding palates. Our traditional deserts and pies are an integral part of all our menus. You will love them.We undertake baptisms feasts, weddings, gatherings, children’s parties and any other events hall for 100 people and outdoor seating for up to 200 people.After your meal, the store offers local raki or raki, traditional sweets and also tiramisu or fruits.
The restaurant is located next to the picturesque harbor of Sitia and 150 m far from the well-known Sitia Beach. Sitting outside offer panoramic views to the Sea and to the east Crete mountains. Inside the building the traditional decor includes stones and wood. Our restaurant is designed and laid out to create a unique atmosphere where you and your company can enjoy your meals.Many of the products and ingredients we use are pure, locally, our production-cultured as olive oil, vegetables, chickens, rabbits, eggs etc. ..
All the dishes are cooked in extra virgin olive oil which adds to them a special flavour.
Hotel Flisvos in Sitia, East Crete
The newly built Hotel FLISVOS is located by the most beautiful part of the beach next to the sea and just 50m from the town center.
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Hotel Elysee in SitiaHotel Elysee is situated on the main road that runs along the picturesque port of Sitia, just 150 m. from the town center and 50 m. from the beach.
Sitia 1st Dimotiko School
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The castle fortress known today as "Kazarma" (Casa di arma), is the most imposing historical monument in Sitia town, East Crete. The Kazarma used to be a military and administrative centre which consisted of a Medieval dwelling surrounded by walls. The fortification of the town and of the Kazarma can be dated to the late Byzantine period. However, pirate raids, the continual uprisings against the Venetian occupation by the local people and the great earthquake all led to the partial destruction of the fortifications until the Venetians themselves were forced to completely destroy them with the intention of rebuilding them. This never happened and in 1651 the town was razed and then occupied by the Turks.
During the Turkish occupation it would appear that the walls were never rebuilt but the Kazarma was restored and evidence of the Turkish extensions can be seen today, for example in the cupolas ("koubedes") on the battlements that form the watch towers. The Kazarma has since been carefully restored and is open to the public offering a panoramic view across the bay of Sitia.
Concerts, plays, lectures and art exhibitions all take place in the Kazarma during the summer months as part of the festival known as "Kornaria".
Working hours: May: 08:00 - 15:00