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Sitanos village is built on the slope of two hills and the orientation of the old neighborhood is such that offers impressive views from all the residences and is located in the heart of Sitia Natural Park which recently joined the UNESCO Geopark network.

The village Sitanos is located 19 kilometers south of Sitia and 53 kilometers east of Ierapetra. It can be reached by the road connecting Sitia (and Ierapetra) with Chandras following the road to Voila – Katelionas – Sitanos – Karydi. There is also a secondary road connecting Sitia – Piskokefalo – Katsidoni – Sitanos – Karydi. It is a typical mountainous and semi-mountainous Cretan village where the Cretan rural architecture remained unchanged through the centuries.

Its name is connected to the name of ancient Itanos. It is believed that the etymology of its name has to do with the Itanians who, according to a legend, when they scattered after the earthquakes and the pirate raids came to the site where the village Sitanos (= of Itanos just as Sitia = of Itia) is today. Emmanouil Angelakis (Sitiaka A’, page 17) writes that the village existed during the Venetian occupation but it was destroyed by Turkish pirates in 1471 and was re-inhabited in the 16th or 17th century.

Its history is lost through the centuries of its existence. It starts at Later Minoan Times (Bronze Age 3000 to 1000 BC), since 150 meters west of the village at the site “Katalymata” after surface research, remains of a (well-preserved) Minoan settlement was located (Davaras K. 1978 and Plato 1959). In the 1583 census data of the Venetian occupation, Sitanos is mentioned among the other villages of Sitia having 54 residents.

The village is situated in beautiful, rocky Cretan mountains. Easy walks can be done, following the local georoutes or the E4 European Path- Route

Only 25 to 30 minutes drive and you reach the beautiful beaches north, east and south of Sitia province (Kato Zakros, Xerokambos, Kouremenos, Chiona, Vai).

Enjoy the area's peace and serenity, listen to the melodic sounds of the birds, cicadas, the wind or the rustling of leaves and these tremendous mountain views.

Swim, stoll down to the beaches of Kato Zakros,  famous for the clarity of the water- are covered either by pebbles or by fine sand. They are rich in fish and are suitable for either an amateur fisherman or a spear fisherman and a professional fisherman as well. The path to the beach goes past small gardens, which the Zacrites (the inhabitants of zakros) have in order to produce their own vegetables, potatoes, fruit and citrus fruits. The beach is about a 7 or 8 minutes walk ( of course it is less by car) and it is a very pleasant route.

But if lying lazily on the hammocks or on the armchairs reading, makes you bored, if swimming and enjoying the sun on the beach sounds dull, if exploring the sea-bed or fishing is not your style, if you are not interested in using the gym because you want an activity closer to nature, then don’t forget to take your best climbing boots with you.

What’s more, if you are interested in climbing, there is a secure climbing field at the exit of the Dead’s Gorge at Kato Zakros.

Hike the Dead's Gorge. This road used to connect Ano zakros with Kato zakros and a visitor “must” either drive or walk along it because the view to the Gorge from it, as she/he moves along its edge, is truly grandiose.

Eat fresh fish and more at the tavernas of Kato Zakros, read, write, make conversation and visit the minoan Palace of Zakros. Zakros palace was the last Minoan palace to have been discovered (1962) and the excavations prooved remarkably fruitfull.

The Cave of Pelekita is situated at a distance of 5km northeast from Kato Zakros, and is one of the biggest caves in Crete with length of up to 310m and occupies an area appoximately 500m2. The interior is unique as spectacular stone blocks alternate wtih the stalactites and the stalagmites that decorate it.Tour the mountain villages and other coastal points nearby, including Xerokambos. Xerokambos is a quiet village and farming settlement on the far southeastern side of lovely Crete. Its isolation means that tourism is a pretty much low-key, the busiest period is July and August. There are two splendid beaches and a few scattered tavernas.

Visit the Toplou Monastery which is located about 11km east of Sitia, one of the wealthiest, most beautiful and most important monasteries in Crete. The historic monastery has a very special architecture with a square shape and it looks more like a castle.

Small excursions should include the Kapsa Monastery above the gorge of Perivolakia (about 10 km east of Makrygialos) and the remains of the medieval village of Vóila.

You can also make longer trips to the famous palm beach of Vaï (but don’t go in July or August when it gets sadly crowded), the lively seaside town of Agios Nicolaos on the northern coast, the Lasithi Plateau famous for its 7,000 (or so) windmills, or, closer to ‘home’, the island of Koufonisi, to see the remains of the ancient Roman theatre and to go for a swim from the wonderful sandy beaches.

Sitia Town is an absorbing place to wander around, doing no more than enjoying atmosphere. The small narrow streets behind the seafront feature the everyday scenes of a Cretan provincial small town: villagers in to stock up on news and necessities and stores which cater to their every conceivable need.

More activities at Lasithi Area.

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