Top Choice Church in Kritsa

Church of Panagia Kera

The tiny triple-aisled Church of Panagia Kera shelters the best-preserved Byzantine frescoes in Crete. The oldest part of the church is the 13th-century central nave, but most of the frescoes date from the early to …
Archaeological Site in North Coast

Ancient Lato

Worth the wheeze for the rural serenity alone – the mountain a silvery sheen of wildflowers, the nearby peaks tipped with snow – the ancient hilltop city-state of Lato is one of Crete’s few non-Minoan ancient sites.…
Historic Site in Elounda

Spinalonga Island

Tiny Spinalonga Island became a leper colony in 1903 and catapulted into pop-cultural consciousness thanks to Victoria Hislop's 2005 bestselling novel The Island and the subsequent Greek TV series spin-off To Nisi. …
Monastery in North Coast

Moni Toplou

In splendid isolation on a windswept bluff, 15th-century Moni Toplou is one of the most historically significant monasteries in Crete whose defences were tested by everyone from pirates to crusading knights and the …
Archaeological Site in North Coast


The Late Minoan settlement of Gournia lies 19km southeast of Agios Nikolaos. Comprising a small palace and residential areas, it was built between 1600 and 1500 BC, destroyed in 1450 BC and reoccupied from 1375 to 1…
Museum in Sitia

Sitia Archaeological Museum

This is a compact showcase of archaeological finds from eastern Crete spanning the arc from Neolithic to Roman times, with an emphasis on Minoan artefacts. Pride of place goes to the Palekastro Kouros – a statue car…
Fort in Sitia

Venetian Fort

Strategically perched atop a hill near the port, this structure is locally called kazarma (from the Venetian casa di arma) and was built as a garrison by the Venetians. These are the only remains of the fortificatio…
Historic Building in Sitia

Venetian Building

In the quiet streets of Sitia’s old town, where pebbled steps amble gently uphill from the waterfront, occasional examples of Venetian architecture enliven the streetscape. On the corner of G Arkadiou and Metaxaki s…
Museum in Agios Nikolaos

Archaeological Museum

Crete’s most significant Minoan collection (after the Heraklion Archaeological Museum) includes clay coffins, ceramic musical instruments and gold from Mohlos. Closed for renovation at the time of writing, it may re…
Historic Site in Sitia


About 2km southeast of town on a low hill overlooking the sea are the remains of this Minoan palace and of later buildings. The site is always accessible. There is limited parking.