U. The town of Siteia or Sitia
The glorious past of Sitia or Siteia is buried in over 80 archaeological sites and in more than 100 tracked down places of great archaeological interest.
Thousands of findings are on display in Sitia’s archaeological museum.
Sitias district nature presents lots of natural beauty places. Large gorges, hundreds of caves, thousands of self sown plant species, aromatic plants and a great number of animals as well as bird species can be found in Sitia district.
Modern Sitia is a port town with 10000 habitants at the east of Agios Nikolaos and northeast of Ierapetra. Sitia is the economic center of the east part of Crete with an active market, banks, airport and numerous public agencies. Sitia is a noticeable source of wealth mainly because of the export of agricultural products (olive oil, wine, fruits).
The Town of Sitia, though deserves more touristic attention due to the fact of its historical interest and the beauty of its nature, is far away from any serious mass tourism development. It keeps its genuine identity even though it can offer to the visitor quality entertainment and traditional Cretan hospitality.