Sitia, Crete, Greece

Sitia, Crete, Greece

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Part of a bygone era

For a slice of real Cretan life, look no further than Sitia. Tucked away in the northeastern part of Crete, few tourists have caught on to the many charms offered by this peaceful city.

Walk along the working harbor filled with colorful fishing boats, and don’t be surprised if you see octopus tentacles strung up to dry in the sun. There are plenty of tavernas along the way filled with old men sipping coffee and gossiping.

If the warm sun has you feeling parched, sip on a glass of raki, a traditional spirit made from the leftovers from wine production. (It’s been said that raki isn’t just a drink, it’s a philosophy, so don’t be surprised if you make some new friends while indulging. Sitians are known for their friendliness and hospitality.)

And if you’re looking to get even further away from civilization, head to Vai, Europe’s largest palm forest. Or simply relax on the pristine and deserted Itanos or Erimpoupoli beaches and revel in the knowledge that you’re experiencing Aristotle’s notion of eudaemonia—or as we here at Azamara like to call it, “the good life”.

MONI TOPLU MONASTERY

MONI TOPLU MONASTERY

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MONI TOPLU MONASTERY

MONI TOPLU MONASTERY

Built high on a rugged plateau, the Moni Toplu Monastery dates back to the 15th century. Stunning views, a beautiful collection of art, icons, artifacts and a rich history make Moni Topolu a must-see on your trip to Sitia.

VAI
VAI

VAI

This spectacular beach, with fine sand and pebbles and clean, clear water features a luscious palm forest. The largest natural palm forest in Europe, this environmentally protected area is one of Crete’s most popular attractions.

RICHTIS GORGE

RICHTIS GORGE

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RICHTIS GORGE

RICHTIS GORGE

Hike among gorgeous vegetation, passing stone bridges, water mills and a variety of animal life, on the Richtis Gorge trail. The 4km trail begins at the traditional village of Exo Mouliana culminating at the Richtis Waterfall and secluded beach.

Sitia, Crete, Greece At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 35°12'36"N 26°6'0"E
Size: 633.00 KM2 (244.40 MI2)
Population: 9,912
Density: 16 Pop/KM2 (6 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +30

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