Just imagine. More than 300 days of
sunshine a year and the
climate is warm and dry 12c in winter at the lowest and up to 35c
in the summer.
years of history, myth, and mystery. Countless superb unspoiled
beaches everywhere one looks. The Mediterranean waters, blue and inviting
in every direction...this is Crete. A unique blend of high mountain ranges, lush green valleys, picturesque
fishing villages, acres of olive groves, ancient Minoan cities and Venetian
influences, Crete offers a wide range of noteworthy activities. Whether one
(you) is interested in archaeology, botanology, deep sea diving, all sorts
of fishing, mountain climbing, exploring, or simply tanning lazily on the
beach with a good book, Crete offers all of this in abundance.
Many people share the notion that the Eastern part of Crete, the province
known as Lassithi the birthplace of Zeus himself according to mythology is
overrun by tourists. However, the opposite is true.
villages as Hersonissos and Malia are true tourist havens. They offer a
multitude of activities and events, but they do not mirror the true culture
Yet, just a
few steps seawards or inland from these villages one can discover a plethora
of Cretan villages that are seemingly untouched by time itself, and
property prices are still exceedingly low!!
rarely venture past Agios Nikolaos, the capital city of the province of
Lassithi. One of the reasons this occurs is that the
main road that leads from Agios Nikolaos to Sitia (at the far east end of
the island) is literally constituted of left and right turns (some locals
say that the road was built that way to keep the waves of tourists from
venturing into the east, and others say that the man responsible for it’s
design was dead drunk on raki at the time!).
The truth is that the was east is a mountainous region, and
it would be impossible to build a straight road through to Sitia, short of
blasting away at the mountains and destroying much of the natural beauty of
Those that dare this journey
are however richly rewarded. The panoramic view is breathtaking. The
rocky slopes dip into the sparkling blue sea, and the whole way is dotted
with postcard coves that can be seen from up high. There are many spots
where one can stop and enjoy the panorama, especially during dawn and dusk,
which is an awe inspiring experience from these locations.
Sitia is in the far east of the island, about 62 km from Agios Nikolaos.
Built in the shape of an amphitheatre, the houses and structures resemble an
audience with their attention focused on the “stage” the Sitian Bay. One
of the most serene atmospheres in all of Crete, Sitia is still moving to the
rhythm of times long ago. There are many gorgeous sandy beaches, most of
them deserted, and in the area of Sitia there are more than 50 tiny
traditional Cretan villages!
This area includes acres and
acres of olive groves, vineyards, and lemon and orange orchards. The
olive oil in these parts is largely organic, and has the reputation of being
one of the finest olive oils in all of Greece!
The fertile land produces it’s
very own delectable wines, thyme honey, vegetables bursting with taste, a
wide variety of fruits, and delicious cheeses and yogurts. Due to
their healthy life style and diet, Cretans are able to enjoy the splendor of
nature and live to a ripe old age. There are no industries in these parts,
and as a result the sea is remarkably unpolluted and the ecosystem in very
A new addition to Sitia is the airport which is located high above the town bordering with the
coastline. It offers the luxury of leaving from your country and arriving
in Sitia in the same time period it would have taken you to arrive in Sitia
It has recently been extended as to make it more accessible. However flight
paths cannot cross over the land in Crete, the law forces the planes to fly
over water and land in accordance to the wind factor so there are no flight
path problems or noise pollution in the populated areas.
Most of all (and here is the good part) if you are interested in buying a
home or property in the areas surrounding Sitia or even to the south, costs
are at the most one fifth the cost of a home anywhere in Europe.