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5 things about Agia Pelagia and Sitia, the two most flood-hit places in Crete on October 15, 2022

It is almost one week since the catastrophic rain flood in Crete on October 15, 2022, that affected most Agia Pelagia and Sitia.

Learn about Agia Pelagia and Sitia, and be inspired to visit these places in 2023 and support local communities.




5 things about Agia Pelagia


The geomorphology of the area is characterized by small headlands that define successive bays, sheltered from the northerlies.


The bays are natural anchorages and thus the timeless port of the region, with origins of human presence dated back to the Minoan era.



Today these bays are polular beaches with tourist development.


The tourist development, although without plan with aesthetic and environmental issues, has created a remarkable tourist attraction (mainly from May to October).


The place name is after Agia Pelagia (Saint Pelagia), preserving an important cult tradition expressed in two churches, the one an old monastery to the southwest of the current settlement and the chapel of the Euresis (Finding) of the Saint's icon at the southwest end of the largest bay in the area, which both celebrate on October 8.






5 things about Sitia


The geomorphology of the area is characterized by the headland to the north that define the bay of Sitia, sheltered around the town from the northerlies.



The bay is a natural anchorage and thus the timeless port of the region, with significant building and cultural development during the Venetian era.


Today the bay has port facilities and nearby beach with touristic development.



Almost inside the town there is an airport with domestic and international charter flights.


Sitia is famous for the tranquility of its inhabitants, its taverns (rakadika) and traditional sweets.





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