Sisi - Crete
Koutrakis Suites is a stunning, family run complex in an idyllic location, overlooking the sea, in the picturesque fishing village of Sissi on the island of Crete.
The suites are decorated and furnished to a beautiful and exceptionally high standard, and offer everything you would need for a wonderful, quiet, relaxing and memorable holiday.
The sumptuous suites, which are approximately 40 sq. m., are fully air conditioned, with all offering shower rooms and most suites having the added benefit of a bath. All suites have a balcony or sun terrace to enjoy the beautiful Cretan weather.
Distance from the airport: 39.6km
Distance from the beach: 350m
The picturesque Sisi by-the-sea village, 45 kilometers east of Heraklion, is a pleasant surprise, well hidden at the end of a narrow, winding road after turning off from the main national highway.
Arriving at Sissi, you immediately realise that everything here is much different than neighbouring Malia or nearby Hersonissos. What's missing are the thousands of tourists and multitude of bars and clubs that result in a more hectic atmosphere. In Sissi, life flows at a much more relaxed pace.
The harbour, which is literally a work of art by Mother Nature, was created by the sea burrowing deep far into the land, forming a long and narrow bay, protected by a small stone wave-breaker. This bay is so deep that it's easy for someone to think it's an estuary of some mysterious river, which, of course, it isn't.
Fresh fish, and the other edibles of the sea, is what lures many local residents from Heraklion to Sissi's tavernas, which are built high on the port's pier. And, of course, every new visitor should remember the golden rule of dining: "If the locals eat there, you know the food is good!"
On the shore across from the port there is a small sandy beach for anyone who can't resist taking a dip in the crystal clear Mediterranean, which is always calm here, thanks to the wave-breaker. Immediately after the beach, there is a beautiful hotel garden, with numerous flowing palms and colourful flowers. It is certainly one of Crete's most picturesque sights, which makes Sissi's special little port even more unique.
Or, if you're a bit more adventurous or inquisitive, check out the interesting Malia archaeological site, or visit nearby Milatos, which has popular seaside tavernas. In the same area, you'll find Milatos Cave, and learn about its tragic history.
Other interesting sites in nearby areas are the monastery of Saint George of Selinaris, the traditional village of Vrahassi, the beautiful Lassithi Plateau, the historic Spinalonga island, the town of Agios Nikolaos with its own lake and Elounda, the home of Crete's most luxurious hotels.
There is much to see and experience, and the changes are limited only by your own desire to explore.