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Sissi is a peaceful traditional seaside village found along the northern coast of Crete, located 6 km from Malia, 28 km northwest of Agios Nikolaos and 43 km east of Heraklion. It is known as "Crete’s Best Kept Secret". A beautiful destination that can be discovered by taking the central highway in Crete where a sign marked Sissi will then lead you along a narrow windy road surrounded by olive groves that eventually end up at the sea. Unfortunately, bus services are limited in the area, so renting a car in Sissi is the best means of transportation when visiting this lovely coastal village. Each year thousands of people from around the world choose the charming Cretan village of Sissi as their summer holiday destination away from the busy commercial tourist resorts found in other parts of the island. Despite its popularity, Sissi is one of the few villages in eastern Crete that hasn’t felt the influence of mass tourism and has been able to maintain its original character as a simple traditional Cretan village that offers a hospitable and relaxing atmosphere to its visitors. Upon your arrival to the village with your Sissi car rental, you will come across a stunning natural landscape composed of both sea and mountains. Spectacular rugged coastlines shelter the golden sanded beaches and small secret coves while the glorious mountains in the background lead to adventurous hiking trails. At the foot of the hills a beautifully constructed village and a picturesque harbor surround a natural bay filled with the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Discover what this lovely tourist village is made of and why it captivates everyone who visits with your car hire Sissi.
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Along with many areas across the island of Crete, historical and archeological sites have been found and Sissi is no exception. Recent excavations on Kephali Hill located in Sissi have unearthed the remains of many structures along with artifacts that date back from 2600 to 1200 BC proving the existence of an ancient Minoan settlement. At the foot of the Kephali Hill that borders the shores of the sea, archeologists have discovered a cemetery with house-like tombs made of stone that contained skeleton bones and treasures that were buried with them. Close to the burial grounds remains of a fortification wall were also discovered confirming that the walls were built in order to protect their settlement. Further inland a monumental court-centered complex with buildings and palatial houses were also unearthed. It is believed that this is where the inhabitants of the ancient Minoan settlement socially gathered. Excavations on Kephali Hill and the surrounding area continue to this day with the hope of discovering further findings that will reveal more about this ancient settlement that suffered in the hands of natural disasters. Furthermore, the village and harbor of Sissi also played a pivotal role in Cretan history. During the Cretan revolution, the small port of Sissi that was well hidden in the rugged peninsula of the natural bay became the location where guns and ammunition were offloaded to arm the Cretan rebels of the Lassithi region in their attempts to free the island from the Ottoman Rule.
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Although Sissi may be a small tourist resort in Crete it does not fall short on the amenities and facilities that it offers to its guests. There are plenty of hotels, studios and apartments available in Sissi as well as a campsite 500m west of the harbor that also includes a swimming pool. In the village old buildings decorated with colorful doors and traditional whitewashed houses decked with bougainvillea trees in full bloom line the cobblestone streets that lead to a wide assortment of shops selling handmade crafts, homemade Cretan products, and souvenirs. Once the village ends then the beautiful natural harbor of Sissi begins. A unique harbor that almost resembles a river with green calm waters that slowly drift into the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. At the harbor colorful fishing boats line the quay as the fisherman collect their daily catch. Several renowned seafood and fish taverns dot the waterfront as the village of Sissi is also famed for its delicious cuisine and its fresh fish prepared by excellent chefs. There are also several boats that offer daily excursions to the surrounding villages and secluded beaches as well as a glass-bottom boat for underwater viewing of the beautiful corals and sea life. To the west of the harbor a lovely lush garden ringed with palm trees, ponds and colorful flowers can be found. To the east along the coast two pristine beaches Boufos and Avlaki. First, you will encounter the well-organized golden sanded beach of Boufos decked with sunbeds and umbrellas that have also acquired the "Golden Starfish Award" meeting the EU standards of cleanliness. Further down the private beach of Avlaki found in a secluded cove with soft white pebbled sand and crystalline sea waters. Just 5 km away nestled between the rugged rocks of a gorge, the Monastery of Saint George of Selinari that also includes a 16th-century church. A very popular location among the tourists and the devout worshippers of the Greek Orthodox faith with claims that the icon found in the church has performed miracles by healing the sick and weak. Also visit the neighboring charming village of Vrahassi and the beautiful village of Epano Sissi that also offers a stunning scenic view of the mountains and the sea below. If it is an adventure that you seek then head out to Malia 6km west of Sissi and explore the archeological site of an ancient Minoan Palace or the mysterious cave found in Milatos located 7km east of Sissi. Whatever you decide to do or see first, be sure that your Sissi rental car will give you the freedom to discover, explore and enjoy all that eastern Crete has to offer!