Οne of the least "touristy" parts of Crete, Sitia is ideal for holidays for those who want peace and quiet in a picturesque and welcoming place, emanating the rich Cretan tradition. Sitia has not been as badly affected by touristic development as other parts of Crete. It is very much a living town, which happens to have tourism, rather than the other way around. Sitia has the most cheerful and friendly Cretans you could hope to meet, people who love their town and keep it clean and tidy. The seafront with its palm trees and lovely promenade along the harbor makes the town even prettier and more romantic, ideal for moon-lit walks. Even the beach, to the left of the town, is a permanent temptation for a dip, with its fine sand and clear waters. In Sitia, apart from swimming at the local beach, you can stroll in the harbor, enjoy your coffee in the many cafes on the beach road, get lost in the old town with the traditional houses and the picturesque yards, visit the castle Kazarma and the ruins of a Venetian monastery. For high class accommodation, explore the rent-a-villa options in the area.