Like the other Cretan palaces, the palace of Zakros, was first built in about 1900 B.C. The present ruins seen by the visitor belong to the second building phase, in about 1600 BC. The total area of the palace, including ancillary buildings, is approximately 10,000 sq.m. It was not only the permanent residence of the royal family, but also the administrative, as well as commercial and religious centre of the surrounding area. The long term excavations have yielded over 10,000 objects, many of them considered unique, which are now on display in the Iraklion and Sitia museums.
The easternmost town in Crete. A small and pleasant coastal town, built in a semicircle on the western side of the Bay of Sitia (Si̱teía GR: Σητεία), a typical, peaceful Mediterranean port. It is the capital of the county with the same name and is sited 69 km east of Agios Nikolaos.
Situated in the traditional village of Agathias near Palekastro of Sitia area and very close to the beaches of Hiona and Kouremenos this lovely complex offers self catering accommodation with great views to the sea. The air-conditioned studios of Elia are elegantly decorated with wooden furnishings and earthy colours. Each unit includes a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area, and a seating area with satellite TV. They all offer views to the Cretan Sea and the surrounding area. A continental breakfast is prepared daily with fresh local ingredients and includes handmade sweets, honey, milk and herbs. Guests can enjoy their breakfast at the rooms upon request.
Villa Amalia is nestled on Palekastro amidst olive groves. It features a courtyard with sun loungers and panoramic sea view. The family-run hotel offers self-contained rooms with private balcony. Each of the studios and apartments features a kitchenette and a private bathroom. Air conditioning is available at a charge. Guests can relax at the garden and enjoy the scenic view. There is free Wi-Fi access available here, and a barbeque is available for all guests to use. Villa Amalia is 21 km from Sitia, and 6 km from the famous palm beach of Vai. The traditional village of Palekastro is just a 10-minute walk. Hotel Rooms: 4
Sunny Villas offer self catering accommodation a 5-minute drive from the beach. All units feature furnished balconies allowing magnificent views of the landscape of Sitia or the Cretan Sea. All studios and apartments at the Sunny are tastefully decorated with traditional décor details. They include TV and fully equipped kitchen with fridge and coffee-making facilities. Some units feature a sitting area. Villas Sunny are conveniently located only 2 km from the beach, and 4 km from shops. Sitia Airport is 1 km away and the International airport of Heraklion is at 130 km. Free private parking is offered on site. Apartments: 7
Situated on the seafront promenade of Sitia in Crete, Elysee Hotel is 50 metres from the beach and 200 metres from the town centre. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and furnished balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea and the town. A satellite TV, a fridge and a safety deposit box are included in the rooms at the Elysee. All units are stocked with an iron and telephone. Each has a private bathroom with hairdryer. Breakfast is served in the spacious dining room. Taverns and restaurants serving Cretan and Mediterranean dishes are within a 5-minute walk. The exotic, sandy beach of Vai with the palm-tree forest is 20 km away. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can arrange car rental and free, private parking is possible on site. Hotel Rooms: 26
Sitia Bay lies on the most beautiful part of Sitia, right on the long sandy beach, awarded with a blue flag, just 5 minutes walking distance from the centre of the town. Accommodation is self-catered, and all units come with well-stocked kitchens with breakfast essentials. Studios and apartments at Sitia Bay have a furnished balcony with magnificent view of the sea. Each is air conditioned with a spacious bathroom with shower cabin and hair dryer. Other facilities include a satellite TV and free wireless internet access. The hotel’s swimming pool is set in a peaceful flower-filled courtyard where there is also plenty of space to sunbathe. The swimming pool is also equipped with hydromassage. The hotel’s rooftop terrace can also be used by the residents to relax and watch the amazing sunset. Additional facilities include a small gym, sauna, playing area for children and private parking. Hotel Rooms: 19
Small coastal village at the eastern edge of Crete. Here in 1961 a great Greek archaeoligist, N.Platon, unearthed the fourth largest Minoan Palace. Nowadays in Kato Zakros (GR: Κάτω Ζάκρος) live a few people, occuping with farming, and fishing. There are a few taverns and cafe bars available for the visitors as well as a few rooms for rent. The scenery is great and the sandy beach with crystal clear water is one of the nicest in eastern Crete. Apart from a visit to the Minoan site the visitors can take a walk through the imposing gorge of the dead or follow the path along the coast to the cave of Pelekita
Rich displays cover the periods 3500 B.C to 500 A.D. The oldest artifacts come from the wider region of Sitia. The museum is divided into five chronological parts and displays include a valuable collection of vases, clay tablets in Linear A script which were found in the archives at Zakros, figurines from peak sanctuaries, a wine press from the neo-palatial period and a Hellenistic wheat mill. Of special interest is the ivory and gold male figurine which was found in Roussolakkos near Palekastro.
The Folklore Museum of Sitia (Siteia, GR: Σητεία) displays items from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It includes some unique embroidery, examples of traditional weaving, wood carvings, local dress and household items, all displayed in an authentic Sitian house setting. Address : 28, Kapetan Sifi Str., 72300 Sitia