10 Things to Do in Sitia That You Shouldn't Miss

October 20, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Sitia (Greek: Σητεία) is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. The town has 9,912 inhabitants (2011) and the municipality has 18,318 (2011). It lies east of Agios Nikolaos and northeast of Ierapetra. Sitia port is on the Sea of Crete, part of the Aegean Sea and is one of the economic centers of the Lasithi region. European route E75, which ends in Vardø, starts in Sitia. Sitia is served by the Sitia Public Airport. Sitia has not experienced the effects of mass tourism even though there is a long beach along the road leading to Vai and several places of historical interest.
Restaurants in Sitia

1. Richtis Gorge

Exo Mouliana, Sitia, Crete 723 00, Greece
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 287 reviews

Richtis Gorge

Reviewed By Jouni S

Some gorges are dry and stony. This is something else: subtropical, green trees and flowers, small stream which did not give trouble to walk (in July!). Few wet paths but if you don´t mind a little mud. There is some up and downs and curves on the path but people in normal cond. manage.
We walked to the waterfall and then turned back. It took about 2 hours with good breaks.
Parking by the main street - some drived the small road about 1 km closer the path start.

2. Gone Surfing Crete

Plakopoules | Kouremenos beach, Palaikastron, Crete 72300, Greece
Excellent
93%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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5 based on 89 reviews

Gone Surfing Crete

Gone Surfing is a windsurfing center at Crete island on Kouremenos beach, close to Palekastro village. Here you can rent top windsurfing equipment and learn to windsurf safely by our certified instructors. Kouremenos is well known as one the most wind certain Beaches in the world during the summer months.

Reviewed By Paweł K

Gone Surfing is a great place for windsurfing. The spot conditions are just great and what is moreover important the staff is fantastic. Hospitality, familiy atmosphere and a great approach is something really unique these days and you will get all of it from Gone Surfing Team. Once again big thanks for a great week.

3. Gorge of the Dead

Kato Zakros, Kato Zakros, Crete 72300, Greece
Excellent
59%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

Gorge of the Dead

Reviewed By welshinlondon - london

Drove to the beach and the taverna booked us a taxi to the start. Went from entrance B.
The B route down to the gorge itself was beautiful and full of spring flowers and some amazing "stink Lily's " the striking purple flowers which Smell a bit like rotting flesh. Great views and you go down of the high up cemetery
Walk itself along the bottom is easy with a few boulders to climb over.
Families could easily do this. With sensible shoes not flip flops and water.
Recommend driving back over the old road over the top of the gorge which we managed in a small hire car with automatic gears. It's a loose gravel road but solid under the wheels. Views are stunning and you get to look down onto the gorge.

4. Vai Beach

Vai, Crete 72300, Greece
Excellent
45%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
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4 based on 1 reviews

Vai Beach

Reviewed By Clippys

This beach has something for everyone. The sun beds and parasols are ideal, and if you walk to the far end and take the sunbeds at the back it's like having a beach to yourself. The restaurant there is run brilliantly and the food is really good quality. There are lovely walks, good toilets and the sea is beautifully clear and warm.

5. Scuba Funtasea

Mochlos, Crete 72057, Greece
Excellent
92%
Good
8%
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5 based on 25 reviews

Scuba Funtasea

TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. OPEN AGAIN IN APRIL 2018! PADI, IAC and CMAS Germany dive resort offering snorkeling and scuba diving activities for all ages and levels. All you need to bring is your swimsuit and a smile -- we'll take care of everything else! Located in the beautiful village of Mochlos on the north coast of East Crete, near Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra. Easy to reach, impossible to forget.

Reviewed By hmcure

we´ve been there in the beginnig of septembre and we really enjoyed it. it was a pleasure because of top guides (especiall Yoti), top organization (thanks Nike), top equipment. It was fun from the first to the last minute

6. Spiaggia Xerokampos

35. 04897, 26. 235596 | Kato Zakros, Xerocambos, Crete, Greece +30 2843 028502
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
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5 based on 144 reviews

Spiaggia Xerokampos

Reviewed By Despina-Kleanthi - Athens, Greece

Xerokampos consists of 7 Beaches, all different and wonderful: sand, stones, even clay. The place is no touristic at all, you can absolutely relax and enjoy the clear blue water.

7. Erimoupolis Beach

Sitia, Crete 72300, Greece
Excellent
81%
Good
19%
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5 based on 52 reviews

Erimoupolis Beach

The Erimoupoli beach located 26km east of Sitia , just north of the famous palm forest of Vai . The name takes the ancient city of Itanos , which remains in the area. Next to the archaeological site of Itanos are the three consecutive bays with equal number of Erimoupolis Beaches.

Reviewed By Dimitra M - Athens, Greece

Beware: there are 3 Erimoupolis Beaches. Avoid the left crowded one and opt for the middle or the right one!
Concerning the middle: Amazing location, you have to walk through an archaeological site to reach. Only a huge palm tree in the middle to guarantee shadow, beautiful beach, with sand and some pebbles.
Surrounded by rocks, it is a a bit slippery to get into the water, so better wear swim shoes or flippers (not flip lops, you might turn your ankle)
Do not forget your mask or googles though!
Once you get in, it is amazing: crystal clear water, and you feel like swimming over an ancient city. Yes, that's the feeling, and you do not want to go out for hours.
Well, Erimoupolis in Greek means deserted city, so, yes, you are in the right place!
Please do not forget plenty of water, refreshments or a light snack. Nothing available for supplies around.
Tip: nudists prefer right beach as it is pretty distanced.

8. Sticky Minds Rock Cafe Cocktail Bar

Palekastro Sitia Crete, Palaikastron, Crete 723 00, Greece +30 693 095 4914
Excellent
94%
Good
6%
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5 based on 31 reviews

Sticky Minds Rock Cafe Cocktail Bar

Stickyminds rock cafe cocktail bar at palekastro.. Since 1992 offers to his customers a unique experience in the world of rock-blues-hard rock and Greek rock music accompany with exotic cocktails form the magic hand of the owner .. I will be glad to meet you one night !! The Bartender George

Reviewed By adonis a - Sitia, Greece

If Someone wants to enjoy a place with CLASSIC ROCK AND BLUES MUSIC, IS THE BEST THAT EXISTS IN CRETE. Owner is excellent about music. DRINKS ARE GREAT from the most simple until the most complicated cocktail. Alone or with friends you will have UNFORGETTABLE...Morethat's right my friend !! Stickyminds for unforgettable nights and a lot of music from 60's-70's rock and blues,accompany with unique cocktails that i will offer you with the experience of 22 years behind the bar.. Just Rock And Cocktails Guys !!

9. Kato Zakros Beach

Kato Zakros, Crete 72300, Greece
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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4.5 based on 102 reviews

Kato Zakros Beach

In Kato Zakros you will find a large and two smaller spotless Beaches with pebbles and sand. Here you will find the peace and relaxation you ask for relaxing and quality vacation!

Reviewed By Terri B - Perth, Australia

Fabulous little beach with water at least ten shades of blue and crystal clear. Most of the beachside tavernas offer loungers and umbrellas free if you have dined. Works perfectly!

10. Iera Moni Toplou

Toplou, Sitia, Crete 72300, Greece +30 2843 029630
Excellent
39%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
7%
Terrible
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4 based on 399 reviews

Iera Moni Toplou

Reviewed By joern76870 - Karlsruhe, Germany

This monastery is about 20 km East of Sitiea up a hill. It is a really lovely place to take for a walk and sightseeing. You can see a lot of old icons.
Also existing a Souvenir shop and a wineyard on the other side of the street.

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