Sivas - 1 village, 10 opportunities!
South Heraklion District
Explore Crete’s Diversity!
The summer holidays are coming up and you are looking for a destination with much variety? Visit a traditional Greek village in the south of Heraklion, and experience its large diversity all around the village. Plenty of beaches, hiking opportunities, Ancient history and local vibes - all in one!
STay at SIVAS !
For accommodation I can highly recommend “Iliopetra Studio”! Enjoy your stay at a renovated stone house from the owner Christoforos - a motivated young man who created a peaceful place by making use of the inherited property by his grandfather. Modern meets vintage. Click on the button below to directly get to the AirBnB offer…
this is sivas
Sivas is located in the South of Heraklion district, close to famous Matala. It is a village surrounded by hills. You will find plenty of beach opportunities when driving further west! On the list beneath you can already check a few options. Enjoy!
Beneath I have created 10 hotspots for you to explore while visiting Sivas and the area. Have a wonderful and relaxing time among Cretan history and tradition!
A short car drive of 15 minutes and you are able to feel the past hippie vibe of Matala. Rest on the beach and enjoy the view of the famous Venetian caves, later - while Joni Mitchell & others used to hang around in Matala - used as housing!
Want some relaxing beach time? Visit Kommos, a large and wide beach - uncommon for Greece’s beautiful bays. If you are more of a free-spirit, in limited areas you will also find nudism!
A hidden gem, available only by foot! When you visit Matala and you are craving just a little bit more privacy, follow the signs to Red Beach! There is no street. So, if you are interested, start a small hike over the hill towards east of Matala and you will end up at a beautiful Beach with only one small bar, famous for its Mojito. Cheers!
Connecting to Kommos Beach, another rather large and wide beach. If you like to have some variety, visit Kalamaki Beach!
Active and relaxing at once, a MUST when in the south of Heraklion district. Agiofarago - as the Greek term “faragi” says, refers to a gorge. Drive out to the very south coast, park your car and enjoy a pleasant walk through Agiofarago. The highlight: at the end you will reach to a bay with typical Greek turquoise water. A day trip for young and old!
Reminder: There is not much shadow at the beach. Make sure to be prepared (sunscreen and sunshade).
Walk to the village’s center and enjoy a coffee in the morning with the welcoming local fellows. Explore the villages traditions, for instance on Easter! Make sure to visit a local restaurant for some real authentic Cretan food, for instance “Taverna Avli Kostas” including a lovely backyard and view!
Moni Odigitrias, a monastery with profound history. Visit one of the most persistent Christian community in Crete. The monks are famous for fighting off invading forces over centuries! Make sure to check opening hours previously, as the monastery is not available at all times.
Experience Ancient Greek history! Located just outside of the village “Agios Ioannis” you will find the ruins of the Palace of Phaistos. The “city of Phaistos” once formed the second largest Minoan palace in Crete after Knossos on an area of 8,400 square meters!
Would you like to visit a traditional fruit and vegetable market, explore the Greek farmer’s organic products and experience an authentic shopping day? Visit the local “Laiki” of the largest village in the nearby area named “Moires”. Only a 15-minutes car drive! Every Saturday morning till late noon (around 2pm). Make sure to have some “Meze” (Greek tapas) at the small tavernas on the street and drink some Raki. True local feelings!
Beaches aren’t enough? You would like to get some intellectual input? Visit the museum of Cretan Ethnology! Despite the fact of 700 years of uninterrupted occupation by the Venetians and the Turks, you will be able to experience Cretan culture, lifestyle and handcrafts from hundreds of years ago. the museums exhibition is divided in 7 sections: food, Architecture, Weaving, Handicrafts - manufacture - trade, Transport, Customs and traditions as well as Social organization. Enjoy!