Sissi is a lovely, friendly and quiet fishing village with a pretty natural harbour, a serpentine coastline with its beautifully wild and rocky seashore enhanced by its four pretty coves with sand and pebble beaches surrounded by beautiful fields of olive trees. Here you can really enjoy the Cretan way of life.
The landscape is a delightful mix of sea and mountains. There are small, clean and romantic beaches, paths for bikers and for those who prefer walking, the beautiful meandering roads of the village and surrounding countryside.
East of the village lie the three beautiful beaches, Boufos with its fine sand, the small, romantic beach of Avlaki and Kalimera Kriti, large and sandy, accessible only on foot using the scenic footpath.
Another sandy beach lies west of the village, in the smaller community of Ag. Varvara.
In the centre of the village, is the small picturesque port, resembling a big natural swimming pool, with its own small sandy beach. The local fishermen still moor their boats in the attractive harbour.
Around the port are many lovely tavernas, restaurants, (cocktail-)bars and pubs. Some of them are open all year round. Sissi is small, hospitable and quiet, but full of life. Sissi is a resort that is perfect for couples and families. It is not so wild and lively as Malia or Hersonissos but it does have its fair share of nightlife if you want it.
Sissi offers accommodation that serves all tastes, with hotels of every category (rooms, studios, apartments) with 3500 available beds, and a campsite. There are many small family-run hotels offering the traditional warm and friendly Cretan welcome.
There are a few streets with small shops, supermarkets, bakeries, butchers and some bars and restaurants that are open all year round.
During the summer season a wider range of shops opens, including gift-shops, car/bike hire companies, laundry services, bars and restaurants.
There is twice-daily bus service to Agios Nikolaos and Heraklion. During the summer season the bus services are more frequent. A 3 km walk away are the bus stops on the national road of Crete, where a 30-minute bus service serves both centres and further afield to Ierapetra and Sitia.
Sissi has a medical centre, a pharmacy and a dentist. The nearest hospitals are in Neapoli and Agios Nikolaos.
Distance to sea: 0 km
Distance to Heraklion Airport: 40 km
Distance to Agios Nikolaos: 25 km