Sissi in north eastern Crete
Useful Information About Sissi
In Sissi you can find just about anything you
may need to complement your vacation: small supermarkets, internet
cafes, souvenir shops, car and bike rentals, bank and ATM machines
and pharmacy. If you're wondering about the nightlife, there are
two bars which are quite lively and stay open very late. However,
if you're in an extreme all-night partying mood, neighbouring Malia
and Hersonissos have many bars and clubs - but be prepared for
a "wild" scene. Taxi fare to Malia is about 12 euros,
while Hersonissos is around 20 euros. There is a bus service also,
but it doesn't run very late and is not convenient.
The beach within the port of Sissi: a small
sandy beach protected by a wave-breaker. Not the best, but the
Boufos Beach, 500 metres east, is small, but
sandy, and has umbrellas available during the season. There's
one taverna for food and drink.
Avlaki Beach is a narrow opening between
the rock formations, with a rocky surface. It is used mostly
as an access to the excellent neighbouring beach of the Kalimera
Kalimera Kriti Beach is a lovely, well maintained
area perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Park your car in Avlaki
and walk about 100 metres over an easy path on the beach rocks
until you come to an oasis of smooth sand on the shores of a
man-made bay. This beach is protected by a stone jetty, which
provides for a smooth sea for swimming safely. Beach umbrellas
are available, as well as sea sports, diving and the convenient
hotel beach bar. If you want more seclusion, spread your beach
towel under the shade of the sea pines at the very beginning
of the beach.
About 1.5 kilometres west of Sissi there is a lovely sandy
beach next to the Hellenic Palace Hotel. This beach has a little
island just off-shore and is ideal for those who like to explore
the "deep" with mask and snorkel.
The beach at Malia's archaeological site is
about 4 kilometres west of Sissi, but drive slowly or you may
miss the small sign indicating the turn-off for the site. About
200 metres after the site itself is a nice sandy beach with
umbrellas and a cantina for snacks. It's a large beach, usually
not too crowded.
Sun Beach is about 500 metres further west
from the archaeological site beach, and is more commercial
and organized. It features sea sports, games and a play area
for children. If large crowds and recorded music are not your
idea for fun in the sun, then this beach is not for you.