Heraklion Sivas

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General information

Sivas is a picturesque village located 62 km southwest of Heraklion Town, close to the tourist resort of Matala and the ancient Minoan site of Phaistos. It is surrounded by a wild mountainside and lovely greenery and is famous for its high-quality biological products, especially olives. The village was allegedly named after the word siva, which means “spring” in Arabic, because of the large number of natural springs it has.

In Sivas, you can find a few small, atmospheric taverns where you can enjoy high-quality traditional food made with local products. You can taste Mediterranean specialties, delicious seafood, and vegan choices at reasonable prices, accompanied by Cretan wine. Also, there are a few comfortable accommodation choices available at various prices. From traditional, cottage-like studios to luxurious modern villas, it is certain that you will find what suits you best, depending on your needs and budget.

Hotels in Sivas

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The stone-built Iliopetra House offers a cozy environment with a traditional color for your accommodation in Sivas. With a housing capacity of 6, it is a great option for families and it is fully equipped. It features a kitchen and a seating area, while all the amenities required for a comfortable ...




Phaistos Villas is a selection of three high-end traditional villa apartments, each equipped with two bedrooms, a cozy living room, a kitchenette, and sharing an outdoor pool.


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More about Sivas

If you take a walk around the village, you will discover many charming churches. The first one you come across as you enter the village is the Church of Saint Marina, next to a lovely spring. Next to the primary school of the village, you will see the Church of Saint Ioannis the Baptist. There is also the Church of Saint Ioannis Xenos and the chapel of Prophet Elias, which is built on a hill overlooking the village.
Besides the Minoan site of Phaestos, another ancient site near Sivas is the archaeological site of Agia Triada, where an antique sarcophagus has been discovered.
Moreover, the Gorge of Agiofaraggo is at a small distance from the village. It is is a lovely trekking site leading to a wonderful, secluded beach.

Note that Saint Ioannis Xenos, who fought for the reignition of Orthodoxy in Crete after it was freed from the Saracens, was born in this village. He established a monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and another one called the Lady of the Angels, where he resided until the end of his life. Another important figure, Ioannis Skountis, also known as Stefanakis, came from Sivas Village. He was a hero who took part in the 1821 and 1866 revolutions against the Turks.


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