HOW TO GET HERE
The great thing about Palaikastro is that you can enjoy the beach's remote village life yet still have easy access from and to the bigger cities. There are many options on how to get here.
To Sitia by airplane
As one of the most important market towns of Lassithi Prefecture, Sitia has an airport with daily flights to and from Athens and connections to Rhodes, Karpathos, Kassos and Aktio. There is also a limited number of charter flights to Sitia in the summer.
To Sitia by ferry
If you are in Athens or one of the islands in the Dodecanese or the Cyclades, you can take the ferry to Sitia. There is a daily boat to and from Piraeus.
To Sitia by car from other parts of Crete
There are two main ways of getting to Sitia by car:
The North Road Axis (Chania - Rethymno - Heraklion - Agios Nikolaos - Sitia).
Sitia is 82 kilometres (1 hour) from Agios Nikolaos, 147 km (2 hours) from Heraklion, 226 km (3 hours) from Rethymno, and 286 km (3.5 hours) from Chania.
The route from Agios Nikolaos to Sitia is a lovely drive along the coast. The road is generally good, but there are many twists and turns after Kavoussi. Improvements are in hand, however, so the route will soon be quicker and easier.
The South Road Axis, which is more of a provincial road than a fast road like the North Axis.
The South Road Axis starts at Tymbaki and Mires, passes through Viannos, and connects Ierapetra to Sitia via Makry Gialos. The route provides travellers with an opportunity to enjoy the lovely villages of south Crete, the scent of thyme, and the landscape's natural beauty, full of olive groves and colourful oleanders.
Bus to Sitia
There are also buses to Sitia from all the large towns and cities of Crete, while there is a local bus to Palaikastro every couple of hours and it takes 20 minutes to get to Palaikastro.