Sitia - Of man and nature: the two coexist in a sublime land, cut off from the crazy ways of life of the busy centers. The word "friendly" applies to the people of Crete and it fits perfectly when considering the nature of the people you meet in the region of Sitia.
We would declare the area "ideal for exploration". One of the least touristic parts of Crete, Sitia as a town, founded in Venetian times, destroyed and later rebuilt by the Turks, with just a few signs of this history remaining. The region however, still provides numerous clues and monuments to the area's early history. Today, its long sandy beach (equipped with showers) offers the pleasures of sand, sea, swimming and all the windsurfing opportunities. Sitia is very much a living town, which happens to have tourism, rather than the other way around. Sitia has the most cheerful and friendly Cretans you could hope to meet, people who love their town and keep it clean and tidy, not so much to attract tourists but more because they themselves take pleasure in it and are proud of it. The uncrowded region of Sitia is home to monasteries (notably Toplou), archaeological sites, palm-forested beaches, sparkling bays and fascinating treks across the mountains. To name a few, the surrounding villages of Zou, Ziros, Handras - still vivid with modernday activities - abandoned Ethia and the surroundings of Karydi, hold much of interest in their ancient buildings and archaeological findings. Getting to this more isolated region (named Lassithi from "La Sitia") takes you on a journey through magnificent countryside, plenty of gorges, intriguing villages hanging onto inland peninsulas or steep hillsides, along a "California-highway-one-like" road. Birthplace of Vitsentzos Kornaros, author of "Erotokritos", Sitia has an atmosphere that suggests if there was an artists' colony, this should be it. With a new runway completed, direct, international flights and an increase in frequency of service to Athens may one day become a reality. We hope that the easier access to Sitia and Lassithi will be met with appealing and thoughtful development; there will certainly be more new touristic facilities.