Sitia (si-tee-a) is an attractive seaside town with a big open harbour backed by a wide promenade lined with tavernas and cafes. It’s a friendly place where tourism is fairly low-key and where agriculture and commerce are the mainstays.
A sandy beach skirts a wide bay to the east of town. Sitia mainly attracts French and Greek tourists, but at the height of the season the town retains its relaxed atmosphere.
Above the town is the Kazarma, which was a garrison under the Venetians. The only remains are of fortifications that once protected the town. The site is now used as an open-air venue.
Sitia makes a good transit point for ferries to the Dodecanese islands.