Sitia, Crete, Greece

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Part of a bygone era

Located on the northeastern side of the island of Crete, the quaint port of Sitia overlooks a sparkling blue harbor, and is surrounded by mountains, hills and valleys, caves, and long stretches of sand. There are numerous archeological sites dating as far back as 3000 BC—and with its white-washed buildings, peaceful atmosphere, relative lack of “tourist trappings”, and locals renowned throughout Greece for their friendliness and hospitality, it really does seem as if Sitia is still part of a bygone era.

Stroll along the seaside promenade lined with tavernas and cafés, visit the 15th century monastery Moni Toplou, hike the Richtis Gorge trail (complete with waterfall and beach), or head to the palm beach of Vai: featuring the largest natural palm forest in Europe, this environmentally protected area is one of Crete’s most popular attractions.

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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