A taste of tradition
This former fishing village is a calm spot on Crete’s northern coast that gives a glimpse into Greek life. With a laid-back, traditional feel, Sissi centres around a port filled with bobbing boats and a small but perfectly formed sandy beach. The water stays nice and calm, so it’s a good spot for swimming and snorkelling, as well as a safe spot for tots to paddle.
The heart of Sissi keeps true to its traditions, with a handful of locally run shops, Greek tavernas and kafenions (Greek coffee houses) where you can sample the local fare.
As for day trip potential, you’re only seven kilometres from the archaeological site at Malia, which features a Minoan palace dating back to 1900 BC. For a change of pace, island capital Heraklion is a pleasant 40-minute drive along the coast.
Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.
Transfer time from Heraklion airport to Sissi is approximately 35 minutes.
The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.