Sumptuous Sissi holidays 2020
If you fancy the Cretan weather, but don’t want to go wild in one of the islands famously lively resorts then check out peaceful, family-friendly Sissi on the north coast of Greece’s largest island. Sissi has long been a favourite with foreigners from all over the world, yet has still maintained its character as a traditional Cretan fishing village. Laying on some of the best coastline in the Mediterranean, it’s the perfect destination for your 2020 holiday. If you fancy upping the ante, most of the island’s top attractions lie only a day-trip away. Make your way to the famous party town of Malia, or just a little further along the coast to the island’s historical capital, Heraklion.
A holiday in Sissi makes for a great place to take the kids, with its protected beach guaranteeing calm waters for smaller swimmers. There’s a great choice of beaches nearby, including one specialising in snorkelling with an offshore island to explore and crystal-clear waters and a fine selection of all inclusive hotels.
Sissi at a glance
Sample the local food
Seafood is big in Sissi, so make sure to stop off at a taverna for a bite to eat
Rest & relaxation
Sissi is one of Crete's low-key resorts, best for relaxing and unwinding
Lush natural wonders
Be at one with nature when you take a 10-minute hike up to Milatos Cave
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Things to do in Sissi
If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat on your holiday in Sissi, you’ll be pleased to discover that the island’s capital city, Heraklion, is not much further down the coast. Heraklion brings with it a vibrant, bustling atmosphere that perfectly encapsulates the Grecian way of life. The Archaeological Museum is, as you’d expect on Crete, of fantastic quality. There’s more modern history too, with Venetian fortifications enclosing the prettiest parts of the town. If you want to go shopping, head for the Platía Eleftherías, the city’s main square, and hunt for bargains amongst stalls touting fine Grecian linens and silver jewellery. Knossos is a must see whether you’re a history lover or not. It’s the former centre of the Minoan civilization, as well as being home of the original labyrinth and the myth of the Minotaur, and all of its wares have been remarkably well preserved.
Crete has a very proud sense of its own cultural and historical identity, evident in its charming picturesque villages and sites of historical importance. Wander down the winding streets of Vrahasi and Epanosissi and you’ll find a friendly welcome and a way of life that’s remained little changed for many years.
With its central ‘river’ and portside tavernas, Sissi is more of a harbour town than a beach resort. Fear not though as there is an abundance of beaches nearby. Take the short walk to Boufos and you’ll discover a small, sandy beach hemmed by crumbling, layer-cake cliff faces. Or head to Malia for swathes of golden sand and tons of water-sport facilities. Milatos Beach lies to the east of Sissi and though it may be small, it’s perfect for swimmers. Slightly further afield, you’ll find Vai Beach which, as well as boasting pristine sands and clear water, boasts Europe’s largest palm tree plantation. Around 5,000 of these tropical beauties are found here for your shading delight. Anyone day-tripping to Heraklion should pay a visit to its crowning glory, the enormous Tymbaki Beach. Pebbles and sand play host to some good taverna-style restaurants and bars. The last to tick off your list is Istro Beach, another great local resort if you’re after a range of facilities and azure waters.
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